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10 suprising things from City College’s past
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March 13

Founded in 1916 as Sacramento Junior College, City College is replete with history. Here are 10 interesting and little-known facts.

• The college’s first classes were taught on the top floor of the old Sacramento High School at 18th and K streets. In 1926 the campus moved to its current location, across the street from the brand new William Land Park.

• The first graduating class of 1918 consisted of six students, all women. That same year the college closed for two years as the country plunged into World War I, and some of its staff went to fight or volunteer for the war effort.

• In 1920 Belle Cooledge, a former high school math teacher and a future mayor of Sacramento, headed the junior college as dean after World War I until the appointment of the first president, Jeremiah B. Lillard, in 1923.

• In the early years sophomores imposed a student enforced “frosh” dress code for male students that required a dink (beanie cap) and blue jeans to be worn by all freshmen. The student enforced dress code for freshmen women required pigtails, fake freckles and horn rimmed glasses.

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Belle Cooledge – much more than history
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March 13

What many City College students don’t realize is that current college President Kathryn Jeffery is not the first woman to lead the campus. Belle Cooledge, one of the founders of Sacramento City College, which was known as Sacramento Junior College when it opened in 1916, was the first de facto president, though she never assumed the title.

“Oh! She’s one of my favorite people,” says City College archivist Caroline Harker. “I think she’s just incredible.”

Cooledge was born in Sutter Creek in 1884, and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1900. She attended U.C. Berkeley where she majored in chemistry and earned her master’s degree in education. Cooledge began teaching in 1904 and started working at Sacramento High School in 1912 as a math teacher.

In 1916, Sacramento Junior College was founded; the college was originally housed in the upper floors of Sacramento High School, at 18th and K streets, with Cooledge as its sole administrator. Cooledge worked for the college for 31 years before retiring in 1947.

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Athlete makes career at City College
By | Staff Writer
March 13

Girtha Davis has been a hard to miss fixture on campus since the late 1960s when she competed in basketball, softball, field hockey and track. She continues to be a daily presence even after retiring from the athletics department.

An accomplished athlete, Davis set the single game scoring record for City College women’s basketball, scoring 35 points in a game in 1968.

“I really enjoyed playing. My girls were the best,” said Davis of her teammates and her athletic career at City College.

Despite her storied playing career, Davis is known more for her presence off the court than on it.

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SCC feminist club devoted to awareness and equality
By | Staff Writer
March 12

The Sac City Feminists’ table is festooned with buttons for the Sac City Freethinkers’ Association and a pink throw pillow with white daggers and black lettering proclaiming “Feminist Killjoy.” Mika Jackson, president of the Feminists’ club, stands behind the table chatting up attendees in the packed-to-bursting Student Center.

Despite the threat of rain, City College’s biannual Club Day went on as planned Feb. 27. Tables were set up throughout the room, full of information that alerted students to new social outlets, potential careers and plenty of free food. Sac City Feminists made its debut as a club last semester, and, according to Jackson, made a strong impression this year, basking in the afterglow of their recent Sex + City event.

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Panthers coach rises in ranks
By | Staff Writer
March 12

Derek Sullivan has spent the better part of his adult life in a burgundy and gold uniform. Sullivan, 32, has been a Panther since 1999 when he joined the City College baseball team as a utility infielder. Sullivan has climbed the Panthers ranks, reaching the top this season as the team’s head coach.

Sullivan, who returned to City College as a coach in 2004 and also teaches kinesiology, said he is exactly where he wants to be.

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Pittman's book out May 2014
By | Staff Writer, Copy Editor
March 12

The shelves in Gayle Pitman’s narrow office are stuffed with books. The City College psychology professor’s wall features titles such as “Anorexia and Bulimia” and “The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” nestled next to each other on the top shelf, right above her copy of “The Ethical Slut” and “The Polyamorists Next Door.”

“My ‘Intro to Psych’ students come in and they’re like ‘whoa,’” says Pitman with a laugh., “This reflects a lot of my interests. I’m interested in gender issues. I’m interested in sexuality. I also just love to read, and I have a sort of eclectic set of tastes in my reading material.”

Pitman, who has taught at City College since 2001, also has a deep love of writing. She maintains an active blog, wrote the textbook for her “Psychology of Sexual Orientation” class, and has her first children’s book, “This Day in June,” coming out in May from Magination Press.

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Writers‘ words of wisdom
By | Staff Writer
March 9

Journalism students received an inside look at modern professional journalism from two award-winning journalists at the “Journalism in a High-Tech World” event Feb. 18 on campus.

Columbia University graduate Ericka Blount Danois and Columbia University Journalism Professor Samuel G. Freedman spoke to about 40 City College and Cosumnes College journalism students and faculty in the Cultural Awareness Center.

“There was so much I didn’t know,” said Danois while speaking about the early stages of her career working for then-new hip-hop magazines such as The Source, interviewing influential hip-hop artists such as …

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Panthers' talent pool
By | Staff Writer
March 3

More than 150 athletes from six contending colleges packed Hoos Pool for the Los Rios Invite Feb. 28 when the Panthers saw 317 points to place fifth.

The meet started with the women’s 400-yard medley relay. City College women’s Team A added 5.08 seconds to its entry time of 4:59.63 to place seventh among 10 teams. City College’s Team B recorded a time of 5:38.20, placing 10th in the event.

Up next was the men’s 400-yard medley relay. City College’s Team A dropped 13.85 seconds from its entry time of 4:16.43, landing the team first place in its heat, but seventh overall. Team B also dropped their time to 4:36.04, landing in 13th place overall.

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Panthers race 6-pack
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 26

City College track and field competed against contenders from six California community colleges Feb. 22 to win and lose events in the SCC Opener 2014.

Sounds of gunfire, whistles and yells filled Hughes Stadium Saturday as Panthers ran, jumped and threw in various events to defeat, and to be defeated by, rivals.

“We’re a young team and we (have) things to learn,” said Panthers’ assistant coach Lisa Bauduin.

Still, according to Bauduin, she and Panthers’ head coach Rob Dewar liked what they saw from the mostly freshmen team.

Women’s team freshman Mahogany Stitt took first in the high jump with her best jump of 5-6. Teammates Krystal Rodrick and Kyra Kumara placed second and third.

Rodrick would take first in the long jump with a leap of 15-9. City College sophomore Jahmisha Nelson followed in second and Stitt in third.

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Multimedia and beyond
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 26

Although it has been several years since Nick Hunte graduated from City College as a multimedia student and Express editor, he says City College is what led to his success in photojournalism, landing three jobs and working on his up-and-coming film project.

Dressed in a black jacket with a light blue Sacramento Kings shirt underneath, the photojournalist, student tutor and part-time City College student’s casual, laidback and friendly personality stands out as he discusses his passion for journalism,photography and sports.

Hunte originated from Queens, New York. He and his family moved to Sacramento after Kindergarten.

“I pretty much grew up here,” Hunte says.

Determined to continue chasing after his dreams in multimedia, Hunte keeps his days busy, working for the Roseville Press Tribune newspaper and Lifetouch photography. He also does film for the River Cats, and is in the process of creating his first Kickstarter video project with his friend and Sacramento Kings hip-hop dancer Isela, who asked the Express not to use her last name.

Hunte, who attended City College from 2004 to 2008 and is still involved on campus as a student tutor for a multimedia course, says he enjoyed writing for the Express because it…» Read More