Campus Scene

Ask an atheist
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Feb. 12, 2011

The Sacramento City Freethinkers, a club of agnostics, skeptics and non-theist students, will host an event called Ask An Atheist on the City College Quad, Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The event begins at noon and will give students a chance to pose questions regarding religion, science and moral issues to members of the Freethinkers club.

According to the Freethinkers website, the club allows students to socialize with like-minded individuals, question religious and theistic beliefs and promote free thought through campus and community events.

For more information, click here.

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Keeping up with the electronic times
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Feb. 9, 2011

Print media has come a long way since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press more than 600 years ago, setting off the age of mass media.

Today the market for paperless digital media is ever-growing, but these advances in technology come with growing pains, too.

In recent years an alarming number of print publications, including newspaper organizations, are dramatically cutting their staffs as print publications are expensive to produce, according to Randy Allen, a former Sacramento Bee picture editor, who now teaches photography and media capture classes at City College.

To remain relevant to prospective journalism students, Professor Dianne Heimer of the journalism department at City College spearheaded the development of Journalism 406 —Online Production.

“It became clear several years ago that journalism was moving away from print and more to the Internet,” said Heimer, a former writer and editor for Sacramento magazine.

Five years ago, Heimer said, she took a sabbatical and researched colleges teaching online media. Heimer saw UC Berkeley as a model of where journalism was going, so she began designing the first online newspaper curriculum in the Los Rios district.

“We have always had a reputation since the 1930s as the best community college journalism program…» Read More

Got health care?
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Feb. 9, 2011

Not all students are fortunate enough to have access to regular healthcare.

For City College students who do not have health insurance, one option is the Health Services Office in Rodda North. Medical screenings, counseling and insurance information are provided to the student population free of charge.

City College Nurse Jeff Christian, P.H.N., said the Health Center provides screenings for measuring blood pressure, fat and body measurements, and even tuberculosis. For students without insurance, this helps provide basic medical reviews in tough economic times.

“It’s hard,” said Christian. “We’ve seen a lot of county clinics closing or cutting their hours because of the economy.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform of 2010, has changed insurance policies. Students will no longer be turned away from health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Wendy Gomez, M.S.N, who has been a City College Nurse for three years, stressed the importance of students exploring their insurance options.

“If [a student without health insurance] were to be in an accident or get severely ill, they will be held liable for the amount of hospital fees, [which] can be quite large,” said Gomez.

Those fees can reach well…» Read More

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Feb. 9, 2011

Richard Ownbey, a dedicated City College philosophy professor of over 20 years, died of cancer Jan 27.

“Rich was devoted to his students,” said Chris Iwata, the City College dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. “This was evident in the number of students with whom I have spoken who had taken two or three classes from him. Rich will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students.”

Iwata commented that Ownbey cared enough about his students and teaching that he made sure his fall 2010 grades were submitted before his death.

“The grade submission deadline was a month before he died,” Iwata said.

Details on a memorial service have not yet been announced.

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Learn to ski with City College and Sierra at Tahoe
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Feb. 5, 2011

Attention all City College Snowboarders and Skiers!

The SCC Outdoors Club is busy planning exciting and adventurous trips this semester, spring 2011, starting with a series of instruction days at Sierra at Tahoe.

The upcoming Learn To Ski Days, Feb. 6, Feb. 27 and March 20, are open to City College students, staff,  and faculty. Fees for beginners’ ski and snowboard classes are $35, which includes transportation, ski and snowboard rental, lessons and lift tickets. Prices are higher for seasoned skiers and snowboarders who will not be participating in the beginners’ instruction.

These ski trips are a fun way to, not only enjoy the outdoors, but also an opportunity to develop leadership skills and relationships between City College staff and students, said Derrick Wydick, the City College Workability counselor and supervisor for the SCC Outdoors Club.

“The students own the club,” Wydick said.

A wide range of outdoor trips and activities are planned for the 2011 spring semester.

For more information, click here, or call Derrick Wydick at 916.558.2590.

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City College observatory open to the public Friday
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Feb. 3, 2011

The City College observatory is inviting students, staff and the public to participate in the next open Observatory, Friday, Feb. 4.

The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. Participants will be able to peer into the telescope and up into the stars to see Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula, among other clusters and nebulas.

According to the astronomy department’s website, these free open observatory events happen once every month.

For more information, check out the astronomy department’s website here or email professor Liam McDaid at

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Chinese New Year celebration
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Feb. 1, 2011

The Cultural awareness Center and Eastern Ways martial arts school held a celebration in City College’s quad Feb.1 commemorating the Chinese New Year. The fifteen day celebration started on Feb. 3 and closes most businesses in China. Many Chinese residents take advantage of the long holiday to visit family.

Eastern ways martial arts school of Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, and Folsom has performed martial arts performances at City College for more than 13 years. This year, the event had many different performances including lion dancing, a traditional form of Chinese dance, one and two person weapon technique demonstrations, as well as a group Tai Chi show. The weapon demonstrations were performed with an assortment of traditional Chinese weapons.

“We’ve been coming to Sac City since 1997,”  Sifu(The official title for a Kung Fu teacher outside of China) Hubbard from Eastern Ways said. “Monica Souza of the Cultural Awareness department asked us to come out and do a lion dance, and it was actually our first lion dance we ever did was here at Sac City. It’s always a great audience, everybody is so excited to watch.”

Hubbard had his own thoughts about the importance of participating in City College’s Chinese…» Read More

The new Face(book) of City College
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Jan. 29, 2011

No longer will City College’s Facebook be a collection of individual department pages and associated blogs. The campus’ new Facebook page, launched December 2010, is aimed at helping students stay informed in real-time via their phones and computers.

Students who log on and “Like” the new City College official page will find information from all departments on campus, including the Public Information Office, Financial Aid, the Learning Resource Center, Counseling services and the transfer department. The Express “Oh, Snap!” Photo of the Day will also be uploaded, as well as contributions from the theatre and art department.

A new feature coming to the site will be a private group for students new to City College. The group will provide students with tips and tricks for college success, as well as a chance to speak with other students.

Maxwell McKee, City College Public Relations Technician, believes the new group will be a positive tool for both City College staff and students.

“The new student private group is a nice place for these students to ask the more intimate questions,” McKee said.

The new site encourages student feedback through wall posts and comments. McKee sees the importance of these wall posts…» Read More

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Jan. 29, 2011

Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brice Harris visited City College’s spring assembly Jan. 14 to discuss budget issues facing the 2011 school year. The discussion revolved around a state budget proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown: $10 per unit fee increase on tuition.

“This truly is a budget crisis,” Harris said during his opening comments.

If Brown’s proposal is passed by the California Legislature, fees would increase from $26 to $36 per unit. The increase would raise the cost of a 3-unit class from $78 to $108 and an average full-time student’s fee to $432, which is an increase of $120 on a full-time class load.

According to Gov. Brown’s website, his “tough budget for tough times” proposal would cut $12.8 million from the Los Rios District, as well as $500 million in spending from both the University of California and California State University. The cuts in higher education are part of the total state budget proposal that could potentially reduce state spending by $12.5 billion.

Full-time City College student Candice Phillips qualifies for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG waiver), a state-funded program to waive enrollment fees for qualified applicants, but worries about the impact the increase will…» Read More

Computer glitch affects more than 4,000 students, added then dropped from courses
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Jan. 26, 2011

More than 4,000 wait-listed students in the Los Rios Community College District were added into classes by mistake over the weekend because of a glitch in the eServices software.

In a Jan. 24 email from Joe Carrasco, the director of Systems and Programming for the district, students who were affected by the computer glitch were dropped from classes by Jan. 25. Faculty members were advised to retain their roster sheets from Friday, Jan. 21, to ensure students are added to classes in the proper order. The original wait-list order was not restored.

“We’re awfully sorry about it [the error],” Carrasco said. “We know it was disruptive to students, and we’ll be working throughout the semester to change our processes to fix the problem.”

Students received emails informing them of the error on Saturday and Sunday.

Susie Williams,  director of  Communications and Research for the Los Rios School District, advised affected students to speak with their professors for permission numbers or visit Admissions and Records for more information.

“It’s terribly unfortunate, but these are very complex systems,” Williams said. ” We hope it didn’t cause students too many problems.”

Chris Geanankos, City College student and former editor in chief of the…» Read More