Campus Scene

City Theater hosts 29½ Hour Playwriting Festival
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An audience gathered Sept. 14 at City College’s Performing Arts Center to watch several new plays written just one day before the show.

City Theater launched its 15th annual 29ó Hour Playwriting Festival Sept. 13 when it presented a challenge to eight aspiring playwrights. Each playwright was tasked with writing a 10-minute play that incorporated the following prompt: “A cup in my car. A = bandlight on the rosebush. Not from Hamlet.”

The theme, according to City College Theater Professor Luther Hanson, who also coordinated the festival, was tailored in the style of a Zen riddle to force the playwrights to write something unusual.

“I think it’s fun to give the writers a theme and watch their heads explode,” said Hanson.

“Last year’s [theme] was ‘Brrr, that’s a cold fusion.’” City Theater actor Juan Ramos participated this year as a playwright. This was his third time doing the festival and Ramos, said this year’s prompt was more difficult than his previous experiences.

“I do it for the challenge because you have no idea what the theme is going to be,” said Ramos.

The guidelines for each play were as follows: each…» Read More



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May 11

The diversity at City College is reflected not only with its growing ethnic minority populations, but also in the various social, financial and academic backgrounds of its students.

For years, community colleges and universities were the domain of the traditional student—a student who lived at home or received financial support from his or her parents or a student who entered college right out of high school.

At one point in time, the nontraditional student—students who work full or part-time, older students returning after a long hiatus, or the single parent—was considered an enigma on the college campus. Now, with 63 percent of City College students considered nontraditional, the diversity across our campus mirrors the demographics of campuses across America.

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Free Library Scans
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 13, 2013

Do you have a USB, and are you tired of spending 10 cents for a copy of a document?

Now, students can scan directly to their personal flash drives for free on the scanners in the Learning Resource Center’s (LRC) second floor.

Students can plug in any USB device with memory, and copy scan reserved books, reference books or other books not intended for general circulation. Two printers, #3 and #5, have the function, and they are to the right after you go up the stairs to the second floor.

“It’s a boon to the students,” said Ben Wingard, who provides help at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the LRC. “This saves the campus paper. We’re a little lighter on resources.”

“It’s a good way for the campus to be green and save paper.” Wingard added.

As part of another student Senate initiative, scanning has already been enabled at the other three Los Rios campuses.

“It’s super exciting. I use them,” said Page Schlicht, the student senator in charge of Legislative Affairs.

“On top of that, you save money. That’s the biggest thing, you don’t pay 10 cents per scan and it doesn’t use up any paper…» Read More



The new club that gives back to the community
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 12, 2013

There is a new club on campus and it’s determined to help the community.

Rotaract has only been a club at City College for a few weeks, but is already making big strides to help others.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, Rotaract handed out turkeys and other food, along with clothes, blankets coats, and toys to more than 400 families at the West Sacramento Children’s Alliance Center, along with the centennial rotary club of West Sacramento.

“When you see everybody smile, it makes you forget how sore you are,” said Monica Sepulveda, the president and founder of Rotaract. She has been giving back at Thanksgiving for years now. Sepulveda is a communication major and hopes to go to law school.

On Nov. 15, the group had a bicycle rodeo at South Port Elementary. Club members handed out bicycle helmets provided by U.C. Davis and gave tips on how to be safe on the road.

Rotaract is planning a variety of events in the upcoming semester, such as hosting a Water Walk, which will raise donations for people around the world who have to walk long distances to get water. A meals-on-wheels program is in the works, as well as working with…» Read More



Public relations sidelined
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 5, 2013

Amanda Davis, City College public information officer, is usually very active, running four days a week. But since she broke her fibula Oct. 6, she’s had to slow down.

Davis will be recuperating for 10 to 12 weeks to heal what she called “a straight across break” that doesn’t require surgery. But she needs a cast for about a month, and then she will spend two months out of the cast in a brace.

“It’s harder to get around campus,” said Davis. “I have to ask for help when I usually wouldn’t, and [I] needed help getting from the car to the office in the first week.”

Like many City College students and employees, Davis balances her work life with her home life, which includes her husband, Taron, and their two sons, who are a year old and 2 years old.

She enjoys running. Years ago Davis ran a half marathon, and now she has a jogging stroller so she can take her sons with her.

“It’s harder to stay active with the kids because I want to spend all my free time with them and not my free time doing other things,” Davis said. “We find ways to stay…» Read More



By | Guest Writer
Dec. 4, 2013

Take a look around you right now.  Have you noticed how diverse the City College campus is? Not just in race, ethnicity and gender, but also in age.

According to the City College website, 18,360 students walked around the campus last semester. The ages of those people were anywhere from under the age of 18 to more than age of 40.

Still, most people think of a college student as someone just out of high school. There are many reasons why students choose to join City College right after high school or wait a while before diving into the college scene.

City College Admissions and Records Supervisor Kim Goff says there are two kinds of high school graduates.

“There’re the ones who knows what they’re going to do when they come and those who don’t,” Goff says.

Goff explains how some may know that they want to come here to transfer or get some kind of degree, and how some students are here because college is the next step after high school or how they’re pressured by their parents to go to college.

“Some come here and they are motivated to get in and out to transfer or get some…» Read More



By | Staff Writer
Dec. 4, 2013

Four City College Music Department’s faculty wowed the crowd when they played to an almost full crowd at a noon concert in the Little Theater.

Host and adjunct professor Nancy Salerno Lower called the concert “a journey through musical history.”

Quite the journey it was as each pianist played his or her selected pieces to what sounded like perfection.  The approximate 40-minute concert featured pieces by famous composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Victor Young, as well as two self-composed pieces by faculty members Reggie Graham and Richard Clinger.

Lower began the show with Bach, giving a brief background about the composer and the choice of music.  Each one of the pianists gave the audience some related information on the music and composer they played.

Virginia Electra was the second faculty pianist. She played a piece from Chopin’s “Nocturne In C Minor Opus 48 No. 1.”

Clinger, who has been at City College since 1980, was the third in the line of performers. He played two pieces of music. The first was a piece by 19th century composer Liszt, followed by Clinger’s own work “Impromptu” which he composed at 16 years old.

“The dude that composed his…» Read More



Curtis Park Village coming together
By | Staff writer
Oct. 23, 2013

The bids to construct the Curtis Park footbridge on the eastern border of City College are being submitted, and the components of the long-awaited Curtis Park Village are finally coming together a decade after developer Paul Petrovich purchased the former rail yard location.

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Arts and Crafts Faire Oct. 22-24
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 22, 2013

Jewelry, ceramics, clothing and art work, oh my.

It’s back.

City College’s annual Arts and Crafts Faire in the Quad is right around the corner starting Oct. 22. The fair ends Oct. 24. You may just find that perfect gift or something neat to put in your home.

Students and faculty can enjoy live entertainment, food, and shopping bargains. More than 25 vendors from all over the area will be selling crafts, art pieces, clothes, ceramics, jewelery and much more at reasonable prices from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Live music will be playing in the Quad from noon-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m on Tuesday and Thursday.

So if you are on a break from class or just walking through the Quad, check out some of the different goods being sold and enjoy live music on campus. Hope to see you there!

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New faces at City College
By | news editor
Oct. 9, 2013

City College welcomed new and long-term temporary faculty at a Sept. 20 campus reception, as well as honoring the recently tenured.

“This is a great time for us, to acknowledge those individuals to have made it through the tenure process and now become full professors at our institution and also welcome those who are just starting that journey and welcome them to our family,” said Mary Turner, vice president of instructional services.

The mood was celebratory as 11 new faculty members were introduced and five instructors were recognized for receiving tenure. Plaques, flowers, hugs and congratulations were distributed among the small crowd of faculty and administrators in the Rodda Hall North conference room.

Professors recently granted tenure were Tony Davis (counseling), Lynn Fujikawa (nursing), Nadine Kirkpatrick (nutrition), Melodi Randolph (dental assisting), and Gayle Williams (accounting).

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