Campus Scene

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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Project Truth: on Campus
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Sept. 25, 2013

Project Truth, a pro-life activist group, visited City College Sept. 9 and 10

to educate students, staff and faculty on their views. The group passed

out pamphlets to visitors in the quad, and displayed photos depicting

images of abortions. Onlookers from both sides of the debate stopped to

discuss the issues.









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Add Just A Dash of Something Extra
By | Staff Writer
May 8, 2013

At the sliding glass doors of Rodda South, she heard it for the umpteenth time.

“What’s up, Subway girl?”

The young man got too close, insisting he knew her, and backed off when Cassandra Wilson pulled out a knife. People often recognized her from the Subway in Greenhaven, where she used to work, but this time she felt harassed.

“I didn’t know I was in the wrong. I didn’t even know we had campus police,” says Wilson.

Wilson, now 27, recalls talking on the phone when campus police approached her and took her purse. In it, they found her knife. She was then arrested and taken to jail, where she remained for 36 hours. Wilson joked with police officers before bursting into tears.

“My mom’s gonna kill me,” Wilson cried with disappointment. She took anger management classes on campus shortly after the incident.

“I never went back [to jail],” says Wilson, who is now working on a certificate in the cosmetology program and A.S. transfer to California State University, Sacramento.

She is also studying American Sign Language, which she loves because it gives her the chance to help others, she says. Helping others is what she does daily on campus,…» Read More

By |
April 26, 2013

In recent years, budget cuts have changed the entire scope of the community college system.

There was a time when community college courses were free, easy to get into and students had a greater sense of community involvement and outreach. To be successful on the college level today requires a small fortune, lots of dedication and a flexible schedule.

Getting into classes in a specific major isn’t usually that much of a challenge. However, getting into general education classes is almost always headache-inducing.

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How to Beat the Second-half Slump
By | Staff Writer
April 25, 2013

    As the spring semester moves to an end the weather gets better, some students might try to find any reason not to do   work. Things can get tricky and the workload can become difficult, but on the Sacramento City College campus, many students take measures toward lightening the load and making life easier.

Amber Murphy, 20 and Sarah Levi, 19, for example, spend Saturday mornings together studying different subjects. Murphy is better at math than Levi, while Levi is better at English and political science. “We met last year and started studying together,” Murphy says. “We’re both better at different subjects and I figure that two heads are better than one when you have a problem.”

Murphy and Levi spend four or five hours together every weekend doing homework. They both consider themselves good students, but Levi says that she wasn’t always a good student and she’s had to work at it.

“I get A’s now, mostly,” Levi says. “I didn’t used to get good grades and I used to really think about what I could do to get better grades. I started studying with Amber and that really helped.”

Group studying works well for Murphy…» Read More