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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation honors City College student
By | Staff Writer
May 8

Francis Bacon wrote: “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” One would be hard pressed to find a wiser student at City College than Xinyu Liu, according to his mentors and professors.

Since the 22-year-old computer science major first arrived at City College three years ago, he has knocked on as many doors as possible in search of opportunity.

Behind one of those doors Liu procured up to $30,000 a year for the next three years to help pay for his college education.

This year the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded Liu its 2014 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

“This scholarship I heard of last year,” says Liu. “There’s a girl who won this scholarship last year from [American River College], so I figured I’d give it a shot.”

The scholarship program was started in 2002 to help the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete bachelor’s degrees, according to the foundation’s website.

Only 85 students nationwide were given the award this year, and Liu is the first City College student to receive it.

Students who have looked for tutoring help in the Math Lab or through MESA might recognize Liu with his jet black hair frizzed…» Read More



By | News Editor
May 8

The retiring faculty and staff members for 2014 were honored at a retirement reception April 30 at City College.

During the event, all outgoing staff and faculty members were congratulated on their retirements, according to the official flyer for the event.

Among the retirees was Admissions and Records evaluator Rosie Vevea, who said that while she will miss the people and students of City College, she’s looking forward to hitting the open road to see America in her motorhome.

“I can’t wait to get out and relax,” said Vevea. “[I want to be remembered] as a hard worker and sweet woman.”

Also honored at the ceremony, Coordinator of the Learning Skills and Tutoring Center Kakwasi Somadhi said she will miss interacting with students and wants to be remembered as, “someone who loved her job and performed it well.”

Somadhi added that despite missing her daily work, she is excited for the future.

“I am looking forward to the freedom being retired brings,” said Somadhi. “I plan to spend my time writing, traveling, and being active in the community.”

For a full list of retirees, see below.

• Robert N. Bickley • Robert J. Martinelli • Elizabeth A Chape • Margaret…» Read More



Communications professor emphasizes connection
By | Guest Writer
May 8

A word can convey different meanings to different people. However, the language of human interaction is one that cannot be defined. Instead, it is fueled by action that sparks growth, change and understanding.

For City College communication studies professor Patti Redmond, the use of language and communication is an integral part of connecting with others and enriching her community.

“There is a bumper sticker that says, ‘The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of your communication,’” says Redmond, 52, who has been teaching at City College for 26 years and is chair of the Communication Studies Department.

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By | Associate Editor
May 8

The class meets in one of City College’s aging, weathered, and not so temporary buildings that’s located across from Hughes Stadium. Inside, the wooden instructor’s table substitutes as a snack bar, and desks that once sat in uniform rows are now haphazardly arranged around the perimeter. Student staff members bustle about, catching up and talking about upcoming open mic events.

Still, even in this scene of controlled chaos, the focus is on Dr. Steve Cirrone, who is perched on a desk across the room. Before the business of running a student publication begins, he checks in making sure his students are on track, tackling each issue in turn before releasing the students to the business at hand. This is the home of Susurrus, City College’s literary journal.

The journal is written and edited by City College students and each issue is produced over the span of two semesters. Each year the student-run journal publishes a collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry written by City College students and alumni. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication, the name of which means “a whispering or rustling sound,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

The first semester involves the selection and…» Read More



Living the dream
By | Guest Writer
May 8

The room was opaque, filled with the unique aroma of incense and burning sage. After a final stroke of her brush she emerged from behind the canvas. Her shirt was splattered with paint, and her hands were stained with the colors of her final product.

Artist Yasmin Tabba is a risk-taker. She greets visitors with a sparkling smile and a warm embrace. She has found her own unique path to happiness against all odds.

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City College patrol sergeant has seen it all
By | Guest Writer
May 8

Jinky-Jay Lampano, a City College patrol sergeant and watch commander, says he has seen every crime from domestic violence to carrying firearms on campus. He says working for the Los Rios Police Department has changed his life, and the lives of others as well.

Lampano was hired in 2006, and he says it felt like his calling when he initially applied for the job eight years ago.

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Veteran aeronautics professor began career at City College
By | Staff Writer
May 7

It’s a common cliché that principals, teachers, professors and other educators often recite: I want my students to soar.

Only a lucky few get to turn that metaphor into reality.

City College’s Phillip Cypret, aeronautics professor and lifelong pilot, has spent almost 50 years pursuing his life’s passion for flight, never staying grounded for long.

This semester, Cypret teaches a full-time schedule of evening classes. He lectures on turbine engines, large aircraft systems and other topics on the technical end of the spectrum.

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The master planner retires
By | Editor in Chief
May 7

With the academic year winding down, I once again sat across from his desk, reporter’s notebook in hand. Binders filled with years of budgets, proposals, plans and agendas still sat on the built-in shelves surrounding the room. There is something about sitting across from Vice President Administrative Services Robert Martinelli that inclines me to straighten my posture. This time the subject of my report was not about construction timelines or cafeteria contracts—my assignment was about him. After almost 14 years at City College, the master planner was set to retire.

The first question was a simple one: “What did you do before you came to City College?” Always prepared, Martinelli quietly slid me a two-page biography that highlighted a long and decorated Air Force career.

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The field trip of a lifetime
By | Staff Writer
April 29

Twenty-one city college students around the world are midway through their spring semesters abroad, expanding their educations while taking in the rich heritage of their surroundings.

By taking a full-time schedule of courses with the Study Abroad program, City College students are experiencing new lifestyles and cultures, all while earning transferable credits.

In Florence, Italy, City College biology major Luis Rodriguez has used his Roma Pass to ride the Metro, visited the Sistine Chapel and attended mass at the Vatican.

Rodriguez says he is looking forward to spring break when he and other students in the program will travel.

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Put down the pen, pick up a gamepad
By | News Editor
April 10

If there’s one thing that’s for sure in life, it’s that being a video gamer and a college student is a tough combination to juggle.

It’s hard enough trying to find time for any hobbies while slaving over stacks of paper, reading endless pages of textbook goodness, studying all night long for tests and quizzes and trying to stay awake through all those hours of lectures, but free time to play video games? What’s that?

Luckily, spring break is coming up and it’s an exciting time because that shiny new Xbox One and Play-Station 4 actually have some games coming out to play. The recently released “Infamous: Second Son” for PS4, “TitanFall” for Xbox One, and the multi-console “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” are sure to keep gamers busy during this year’s break from classes.

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