Sacramento’s rising artistry of roasting
By | Staff Writers
April 19

There is a coffee grower in a Latin American country who, through a string of contacts and coincidence fueled by the fervor of commerce, is producing a product that will end up in the mug of a thirsty patron somewhere in the greater Sacramento area.

It will end up at one of the four local coffee roasters in town, which include the Midtown location of Temple at 29th and S streets, home to the roasting operation for the expanding local coffee brand. It is also home to resident roaster Jeff Deane.

According to a 2014 article in the Sacramento Business Journal, Sacramento has become one of the best coffee cities in California. In the past decade a growing and demanding trend for coffee has emerged, and thirsty patrons are on a quest to fi nd some of the best coffees in Sacramento.

This is a recent trend with Temple, founded in 2005 and now planning to add two new locations by the end of this year. Temple, along with local roasters Insight Coffee, Old Soul Co., and Chocolate Fish, make up what Magpie Cafe owner Ed Roehr calls “the third wave.”

The fi rst wave of coffee popularity was the…» Read More

Fodder and libations
By | Staff Writer
April 14

As the morning mist begins to evaporate and a spring breeze starts to blow across City College’s campus, the echo of footsteps can be heard as students exit classrooms.

The time: noon. The mission: lunch.

Students and staff need not be limited to only the cafeteria at City College. The area surrounding City College’s main campus offers a variety of quick and easy food choices.

The on-campus cafeteria caters to students and provides easy access to different food options, whether it’s a quick coffee before class or a more substantial meal.

Elizabeth Silva, a theater arts major at City College, said she eats at the cafeteria three to four times a week because the food on the campus is convenient.

“[The cafeteria food] is fast and efficient, and I haven’t gotten sick from the food from here,” said Silva. “But I think they can have more variety on vegetable options.”

Another nearby choice is Espresso Metropolitan, commonly known as Espresso Metro or Metro, located next to City College in Land Park. Espresso Metro offers an array of food and beverages from specialty espresso drinks to coffee to homemade baked goods and soup.

Lhiannan Buck-Gay, a women’s studies major at City…» Read More

From travel to TV, recreation and relaxation
By | Features editor
April 1

With March heading to a close, two major events are fast approaching for City College students: midterms and spring break.

Campus will be closed March 30–April 5, and, according to City College business major Maira Coxx, it’s a great opportunity to get caught up on either schoolwork or social life.

“I look forward to the break every year ever since I was in elementary school,” says Coxx. “I think everyone does because it’s a time to catch up on homework, hang out with friends and just veg out at home. It’s what I’m going to be doing.”

Here are some recommended ways to spend your week of downtime:

Books Try these literary distractions from The New York Times bestsellers list: • “I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller” by Terry Hayes • “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara • “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos • “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher • The “Harry Potter” series Or, you could pick up a copy of City College psychology Professor Gayle Pitman’s children’s book, “This Day in June,” for a bit of Stonewall award-winning children’s book charm. Literary classics also worth a read: • “Murder on the Orient Express” by…» Read More

City Theatre's backstage pass
By | Staff Writer
March 4

A new year brings new talent to City College’s theatre arts department with a main stage production of “The Cradle will Rock,” playing in the Main Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center through Mar. 22.

However, what audiences see on stage is only a small fraction of what happens in the theater department. A whole production team works behind the scenes on everything from lighting and costumes to sets and sound to put a play onstage.

The production team has worked in both the auditorium and in classrooms to prepare for the show. Since “The Cradle Will Rock” is a musical, the actors have worked extensively with voice and choral music professor Daniel Paulson, who said he has enjoyed his first year working for City College.

“The students in the theater department have been a delight to work with,” he said. “They are very committed, dedicated and hard working. They have invested in my vocal pedagogy and are seeing huge results.”

Paulson said he was delighted at the opportunity to assist with the musical, despite what the student actors said about the difficulty of learning the music.

“Singing can be fun, but it’s not my top tier of choices. But…» Read More

A delicate balance of survival and success
By | Guest Writer
Feb. 25

Beep, beep, beep, snooze. Beep, beep, beep, snooze.

Five more minutes, and the alarm clock still manages to win the fight every morning. Wake up, wash face, brush teeth, and eat breakfast.

It’s a routine most parents live by.

Especially single mother of four Ursula Yost-Johnson, 33, a City College student. She never stops to think about herself as she strives to make life better for herself and her children. Through all the trials and tribulations, she never stops or gives up. She fights every day, not to fail, even when life says, “Give up.” Instead for Yost-Johnson, hope whispers, “Just try one more time.”

When Yost-Johnson was 24, she says she made a regretful mistake that ended with her going to the Central California Women’s Facility, also known as Chowchilla, for two and a half years while pregnant with her third child.

“I thought my life was over,” says Yost-Johnson. “I thought I would never see my babies again. It was like dying.”

She says life was telling her to stop fighting, to just let go. But she couldn’t, at least not with a bun in the oven. She eventually made contact with prison offi cials and was approved…» Read More

From football to fugues
By | Guest Writer
Feb. 25

Beside her desk is a brown push-pin corkboard with pictures telling the story of her life. She turns her head to look at them, staring at each one in turn. Her daughter in tap shoes in one. She playing tackle football in another. She glances over them as if counting to make sure they were all there. Turning away, a smile forms on her face, but not just any smile. It is a smile that tells a dual story of accomplishment and triumph.

Kathleen Poe, despite obstacles and a multi-occupational life, chooses to spend her time giving the gift of knowledge and empowerment to her students. Yes, she is a music teacher, but music is not where the lesson stops. She shows her students how music and perseverance can help lead to any goal their hearts are set on.

Poe, the City College music department chair, started teaching music on campus in 1996 before graduating from Sacramento State.

“I just went into music completely with my whole heart,” says Poe, now in her 40s. Poe composed a piece for a concert held in November 2014 by the City College Music Department.

“I think my students don’t really influence my composition as…» Read More

By | Guest Writer
Feb. 23

Through evolution, early humans struggling to survive developed a taste preference for foods that were high in sugar, salt and fat. Fast forward a few hundred thousand years to the current day: Students with busy schedules and a taste preference for fatty foods often end up with a diet filled with highly processed foods like Top Ramen, Doritos and DiGiorno pizzas.

Foods that are highly processed might contain artificial flavors, preservatives, food coloring and other unnatural ingredients to boost flavor and maximize shelf life. Although these foods are engineered to taste good and last a long time, many healthcare professionals say that it’s best to just say no to these foods.

Standing at 5 feet, 10 inches and armed with a 10-speed road bike, a trendy faux-hawk haircut and skinny jeans is 19-year-old City College student Tomas Woolston, one of the rare individuals who chooses to completely abstain from eating commercially processed foods that we all know, love and love to hate. For Woolston, living a simpler life is not only about taste; it’s a lifestyle that goes beyond the dinner table. He is so dedicated to this mindset that he chooses to not own a car to reduce his…» Read More

By | Features editor
Feb. 11

Biology major Mario Hernandez recalls that his teachers in the past always told him to never start a sentence with the word “because.”

“Then I got to college, and my English teachers said I could,” he said. “I didn’t know who to believe and had a hard time those first few semesters.”

This is just one rule students have difficulty with when using “correct” grammar. However, which is correct? According to experts, that depends on which method of linguistics used.

There are two types: descriptive and prescriptive. According to oxforddictionary.com, descriptive language is “describing or classifying in an objective and non-judgmental way.” Under this method, descriptivists believe non-standard usage shouldn’t be thought of as “wrong.”

» Read More

Photography professor Paul Estabrook
By | Photo Editor
Feb. 2

One dictionary definition of teaching reads as follows: “Teaching is an act to impart knowledge or skill.”

Professional photographer and City College photography professor Paul Estabrook would agree. For the 47-year-old FACT-CHECK AGE, he believes teaching is more than just enlightening a student’s mind.

In photography, Estabrook gets the chance to continue his career and help others build and achieve their success. He believes sharing ideas spreads ideas around and allows others to learn from them. Collaboration is a way to effectively teach skills.

Estabrook’s passion in helping students find their artistic career side has made a difference in many people’s lives.

“Paul Estabrook is my teacher from the very beginning and through my educational journey,” photography student Penelope Kahn says. “The positive learning environment he creates for his students is awesome because he encourages everyone to interact and learn from each other.”

Estabrook is always changing and adapting each year, and still learning as a teacher himself.

“Every semester, every student, it’s a little bit different because everyone brings something else to the classroom,” he says. “Watching students develop with getting better and growing into their creative selves, that’s what keeps me going.”

Estabrook has been teaching since 2002.

» Read More

By | Contributing Editor
Dec. 21, 2014



What years did you attend City College as a student, and how long have you worked for City College? What other, if any, positions have you held at SCC?

“I was a student in 2000-2002. I was hired at SCC in June 2012.”

Describe the path you took from City College student to City College employee.

“As a student at Sac City, I was very involved in the Express newspaper production class. I was a staff writer one semester and then the news editor and online editor the following semester. I considered it a job and loved every late night working to meet deadlines. In 2002, I transferred to UC Davis and graduated in 2004 with a degree in International Relations. After I graduated, I did a brief stint as a coffee barista, then a receptionist for a general contractor for construction projects. I got promoted to project coordinator, then accepted a better paying position at another contracting company. Then, I got laid off. In my state of unemployment, I decided to take a chance and see if I could make a living as a journalist. I switched gears and accepted a position as the Publicity and Development Manager at the Davis Art Center. Then, I was excited to hear about an opening at Sac City in…» Read More