Features

Bringing the fun in fundraising
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 28

The City College community enjoyed three days of food, music and craft booths last week during the twice-a-year festival sponsored by Student Leadership and Development.

The Fall Arts & Crafts Faire, which ended Thursday, Oct. 23, was meant to “bring the community together to see what local and non-local vendors have,” said SLD student assistant Annalea Padilla. “I think we accomplished that.”

Padilla said she found the crafted jewelry particularly enjoyable.

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Enter if you dare
By | Managing Editor
Oct. 27

As Halloween approaches, ghoulish attractions and shows rise to frighten and delight scare-seekers. This year, the Express visited four of the region’s headliner haunted houses.

Heartstoppers Haunted House

2300 Mine Shaft Lane, Rancho Cordova

Admission: $20 to $25, depending on the night you attend

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Sacramento’s haunted locales
By | Staff writer
Oct. 24

Halloween is the time to celebrate the things that, for lack of a better phrase, go bump in the night.

Homes will soon be dressed with plastic skeletons, rubber bats and other spooky decorations in pretense that they are haunted by specters from beyond the grave.

However, some places in Sacramento are thought to be haunted by supernatural or ghostly presences. With Halloween on the horizon, now might be a good time to hunt for ghosts at some of these rumored haunted places.

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Turning away from ‘good’ violence
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 21

Israeli American poet and activist Moriel Rothman-Zecher visited City College Oct. 1 to share several personal stories that helped influence his current outspoken activism to help end the war in Palestine.

To an audience of students and faculty members assembled in the Cultural Awareness Center, Rothman-Zecher first described when he was 9 years old in Ohio. A fierce act in defending a friend from being bullied instilled in him a mentality of ‘good violence:’ using violence to stop another act of violence or injustice happening in the world.

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How to put holes in your body
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 15

Body modification, known as body mods, seems to be all the rage these days. Gauges, and piercings are more popular than ever, but so are infections, rejections and the career shutouts that come along with them. Most problems can be prevented with proper post-care and common sense.

Body modification can be a tricky situation. Using a professional is the safest route, but there is always some risk with every mod. Always do your research before you have someone give you something permanent.

“Always make sure your shop is state and

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A ghostly play haunts City College
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 10

The sounds of power drills and hammers echoed from across the hall as set builders put the last nails and screws into the freshly built set inside the Art Court Theatre the day before opening night.

The smell of hairspray filled the makeup room as the performers added the final touches to their costumes before going on stage.

Before “The Uninvited” opened Sept. 26 at City Theatre, the cast and crew spent four weeks

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By | Staff Writer
Oct. 10

The fall 2014 semester is well underway, and as summer slowly fades into a memory, the pressure of course work descending upon students can be felt as clearly as the changing autumn air.

Although time may be be limited for many students in the upcoming weeks, study breaks, stress related insomnia and any spare time students can find will provide good reasons to watch, or DVR, these fall TV shows.

The following shows cover the popular themes in television, including strong female leads in gritty political drama’s, medical and crime drama’s, comedies, the supernatural and superheroes. Some shows start earlier in the season than others. With streaming sites like Hulu, most episodes are available to watch after the airdate for free or for a small fee. Some networks also allow new episodes to be watched via OnDemand or on network specific streaming apps.

Strong Female Lead;

“Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni, airs Sundays on CBS. This show delves into the professional world, and the private life of the fictional Secretary Of State, as she deals with national and world crises as well as working through the stresses in her everyday home life. “State of Affairs,” starring Katherine Heigl, will air…» Read More



By | Sports Editor
Oct. 8

Crowds of people gather in sports bars with stat sheets and laptops in front of them. A group of guys over a buddy’s house sitting around a chalkboard with names and round numbers written on it. A single individual frantically waiting as he looks at the timer on his phone counting down. What is going on, one might ask? The answer is fantasy football.

Fantasy football allows users to draft and manage their own team like an actual NFL owner. According to Yahoo’s sports fantasy football site, every week fantasy football owners set their starting rosters while watching their players put up points each week based on their individual statistics.

City College football head Coach Dannie Walker says there are players who are must-haves when drafting a fantasy football team.

“If I had the first pick in the draft, I would take one of the top three quarterbacks, (Peyton) Manning, (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers. I played in a fantasy football league this year, and I chose a quarterback first,” said Walker.

While the outcome of each game is similar with winning and losing, each league, according to the Yahoo site, is different in scoring settings. Some leagues have individual defensive…» Read More



City College head librarian turns the page
By | Editor_in_Chief
Oct. 8

The social conscience of Sacramento City College is checking out of the library. Rhonda Rios Kravitz, the dean of Learning Resources, is set to retire this month. A mentor, activist and role model for students, colleagues and the community, Rios Kravitz is more than the head college librarian to many people on campus.

Students, faculty and staff gathered for a party in late September at the Cultural Awareness Center in her honor. Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” and other songs of social revolution played in the background, while Rios-Kravitz circulated the room to greet each person by name.

“If you want to know what she means to this college, all you have to do is look at the number of students who attended,” says history Professor Riad Bahur. “You never see this many students at a faculty retirement party.”

Like many of her colleagues at the party, Gayle Pitman, professor of psychology, says she admires Rios Kravitz’s convictions on equal opportunity for all, education and many other social issues.

“She is so passionate, strong, committed to the students and social justice,” says Pitman. “She is a beacon of light for me.”

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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