Features

Sacramento’s rising artistry of roasting
By | Staff Writers
April 19

There is a coffee grower in a Latin American country who, through a string of contacts and coincidence fueled by the fervor of commerce, is producing a product that will end up in the mug of a thirsty patron somewhere in the greater Sacramento area.

It will end up at one of the four local coffee roasters in town, which include the Midtown location of Temple at 29th and S streets, home to the roasting operation for the expanding local coffee brand. It is also home to resident roaster Jeff Deane.

According to a 2014 article in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sacramento has become one of the best coffee cities in California. In the past decade a growing and demanding trend for coffee has emerged, and thirsty patrons are on a quest to fi nd some of the best coffees in Sacramento.

This is a recent trend with Temple, founded in 2005 and now planning to add two new locations by the end of this year. Temple, along with local roasters Insight Coffee, Old Soul Co., and Chocolate Fish, make up what Magpie Cafe owner Ed Roehr calls “the third wave.”

The fi rst wave of coffee popularity was the…» Read More



Fodder and libations
By | Staff Writer
April 14

As the morning mist begins to evaporate and a spring breeze starts to blow across City College’s campus, the echo of footsteps can be heard as students exit classrooms.

The time: noon. The mission: lunch.

Students and staff need not be limited to only the cafeteria at City College. The area surrounding City College’s main campus offers a variety of quick and easy food choices.

The on-campus cafeteria caters to students and provides easy access to different food options, whether it’s a quick coffee before class or a more substantial meal.

Elizabeth Silva, a theater arts major at City College, said she eats at the cafeteria three to four times a week because the food on the campus is convenient.

“[The cafeteria food] is fast and efficient, and I haven’t gotten sick from the food from here,” said Silva. “But I think they can have more variety on vegetable options.”

Another nearby choice is Espresso Metropolitan, commonly known as Espresso Metro or Metro, located next to City College in Land Park. Espresso Metro offers an array of food and beverages from specialty espresso drinks to coffee to homemade baked goods and soup.

Lhiannan Buck-Gay, a women’s studies major at City…» Read More



From travel to TV, recreation and relaxation
By | Features editor
April 1

With March heading to a close, two major events are fast approaching for City College students: midterms and spring break.

Campus will be closed March 30–April 5, and, according to City College business major Maira Coxx, it’s a great opportunity to get caught up on either schoolwork or social life.

“I look forward to the break every year ever since I was in elementary school,” says Coxx. “I think everyone does because it’s a time to catch up on homework, hang out with friends and just veg out at home. It’s what I’m going to be doing.”

Here are some recommended ways to spend your week of downtime:

Books Try these literary distractions from The New York Times bestsellers list: • “I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller” by Terry Hayes • “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara • “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos • “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher • The “Harry Potter” series Or, you could pick up a copy of City College psychology Professor Gayle Pitman’s children’s book, “This Day in June,” for a bit of Stonewall award-winning children’s book charm. Literary classics also worth a read: • “Murder on the Orient Express” by…» Read More



A delicate balance of survival and success
By | Guest Writer
Feb. 25

Beep, beep, beep, snooze. Beep, beep, beep, snooze.

Five more minutes, and the alarm clock still manages to win the fight every morning. Wake up, wash face, brush teeth, and eat breakfast.

It’s a routine most parents live by.

Especially single mother of four Ursula Yost-Johnson, 33, a City College student. She never stops to think about herself as she strives to make life better for herself and her children. Through all the trials and tribulations, she never stops or gives up. She fights every day, not to fail, even when life says, “Give up.” Instead for Yost-Johnson, hope whispers, “Just try one more time.”

When Yost-Johnson was 24, she says she made a regretful mistake that ended with her going to the Central California Women’s Facility, also known as Chowchilla, for two and a half years while pregnant with her third child.

“I thought my life was over,” says Yost-Johnson. “I thought I would never see my babies again. It was like dying.”

She says life was telling her to stop fighting, to just let go. But she couldn’t, at least not with a bun in the oven. She eventually made contact with prison offi cials and was approved…» Read More



From football to fugues
By | Guest Writer
Feb. 25

Beside her desk is a brown push-pin corkboard with pictures telling the story of her life. She turns her head to look at them, staring at each one in turn. Her daughter in tap shoes in one. She playing tackle football in another. She glances over them as if counting to make sure they were all there. Turning away, a smile forms on her face, but not just any smile. It is a smile that tells a dual story of accomplishment and triumph.

Kathleen Poe, despite obstacles and a multi-occupational life, chooses to spend her time giving the gift of knowledge and empowerment to her students. Yes, she is a music teacher, but music is not where the lesson stops. She shows her students how music and perseverance can help lead to any goal their hearts are set on.

Poe, the City College music department chair, started teaching music on campus in 1996 before graduating from Sacramento State.

“I just went into music completely with my whole heart,” says Poe, now in her 40s. Poe composed a piece for a concert held in November 2014 by the City College Music Department.

“I think my students don’t really influence my composition as…» Read More



By | Features editor
Feb. 11

Biology major Mario Hernandez recalls that his teachers in the past always told him to never start a sentence with the word “because.”

“Then I got to college, and my English teachers said I could,” he said. “I didn’t know who to believe and had a hard time those first few semesters.”

This is just one rule students have difficulty with when using “correct” grammar. However, which is correct? According to experts, that depends on which method of linguistics used.

There are two types: descriptive and prescriptive. According to oxforddictionary.com, descriptive language is “describing or classifying in an objective and non-judgmental way.” Under this method, descriptivists believe non-standard usage shouldn’t be thought of as “wrong.”

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By | Contributing Editor
Dec. 21, 2014

CRYSTAL LEE

PUBLIC RELATIONS TECHNICIAN

What years did you attend City College as a student, and how long have you worked for City College? What other, if any, positions have you held at SCC?

“I was a student in 2000-2002. I was hired at SCC in June 2012.”

Describe the path you took from City College student to City College employee.

“As a student at Sac City, I was very involved in the Express newspaper production class. I was a staff writer one semester and then the news editor and online editor the following semester. I considered it a job and loved every late night working to meet deadlines. In 2002, I transferred to UC Davis and graduated in 2004 with a degree in International Relations. After I graduated, I did a brief stint as a coffee barista, then a receptionist for a general contractor for construction projects. I got promoted to project coordinator, then accepted a better paying position at another contracting company. Then, I got laid off. In my state of unemployment, I decided to take a chance and see if I could make a living as a journalist. I switched gears and accepted a position as the Publicity and Development Manager at the Davis Art Center. Then, I was excited to hear about an opening at Sac City in…» Read More



From Students to Staff: Joshua Roberts
By | Contributing Editor
Dec. 21, 2014

For many, attending community college is a means to earn a degree in order to gain employment. For others, the “community” in community college means working with teachers who truly care about the future of their students in an effort to better themselves.

Not only did City College English professor and department chair Joshua Roberts experience the latter scenario, he decided to become one of those teachers.

A self-described poor student leading up to his graduation from Kennedy High School, Roberts began attending City College in 1991.

“I was a horrible student in high school,” says Roberts. “[It wasn’t] because I wasn’t sharp enough, I was just a bad student. When I came here, I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted to do. I kind of took classes on and off for about five years, just enough to still be in school but not really.”

It was at that point that Roberts decided he wanted to become a teacher.

“It was the instructors here that really helped me learn how to be a student and focus myself and go after the things that I wanted,” says Roberts, who shares with his students that he attended City College and went through similar struggles as a way to help them feel like he knows what they’re going through. “I…» Read More



By | Editor-in-Chief
Dec. 21, 2014

Chris Torres — once a young single father who dropped out of high school and, at one time, was sleeping on a friend’s couch — has come a long way.

Sitting in front of his desk at City College, where he serves as student affairs specialist, on a quiet Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break, Torres reflects on the journey that brought him back to work at his community college alma mater — the school, in his words, that “completely changed what was possible.”

In 2008, Torres graduated from City College with associate degrees in administration of justice and sociology. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Sacramento State in 2010, where he is also in the process of earning a master’s degree in counseling.

“I didn’t really have anything. I dropped out of high school — I had three kids at a young age — my son was born when I was 18,” says Torres. “I went into provider mode and took whatever jobs were willing to hire me.”

For Torres, who left Hiram Johnson High School before his 1992 class graduated, higher education was not a consideration. However, in 2005, after what he characterizes as a series of poor life choices and jobs without a future, he took some advice from his mother.

“I had just moved back from San Diego with about $75 in my pocket,” says Torres…» Read More



By | Guest Writer
Dec. 21, 2014

The haunting screams of sirens pierce the air. Heat sizzles off the asphalt, reflecting shards of broken glass strewn about. In the midst of it, a young man lies there, toeing the line between life and death.

Jerome Coleman woke up in a Tucson, Arizona, hospital with no recollection of anything. Surrounded by a cacophony of beeps and boops, he listened intently as a nurse informed him that he had been on the verge of death after being ejected from his friend’s SUV.

It was April 15, 1999, and Coleman and his friends were on their way to the joint Jay-Z, DMX and Method Man & Redman Hard Knock Life tour in Phoenix. Steady beats vibrated throughout the SUV. Excitement filled the air.

The dusty desert landscape stretched as far as the eye could see, bisected by six lanes of hustle and bustle. The SUV carrying Coleman and his friends hurtled down the northbound lanes of Interstate 10 toward a lone piece of construction rebar lying in wait for its unsuspecting victims. When the rebar appeared in the middle of the road like a mirage, the driver of the SUV swerved at the last second, causing it to roll over…» Read More