Features

Acting out
By | Guest Writer
May 8

Standing in the spotlight and speaking in front of a crowd of spectators can be terrifying, but Matt Miller is well rehearsed for performing in front of an audience at any venue.

After performing various roles on the theatrical stage at local and national venues, Miller now inhabits the role of a professor at the venue of City College.

When he is not playing characters like Ebenezer Scrooge or Friar Lawrence, Miller has been lecturing since summer 2013 on the “Introduction to Theater 300” class on campus.

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Biology professor takes hands on approach
By | Staff Writer
May 8

A small convoy of four vehicles that carried nine people, climbed through the protected land of the eroded volcanic lava domes of the Sutter Buttes, and passed through several locked gates before it reached its destination.

David Wyatt, a City College field ecology professor and ringtail expert, led the convo. Every quarter mile or so, Wyatt gets out of the car to unlock each gate allowing each of the drivers through.

“This part of the land is owned by sheep herders,” Wyatt says after passing through the first two gates. “Be on the lookout for Fluffy. He might run up to the car at any moment.”

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Making movie magic
By | Guest Writer
May 8

Some people say making movies is magic, but what happens when a magician makes a movie?

City College student Adrian Ehlman is an aspiring film director. Ehlman got his start in filmmaking by performing magic when he was younger. He watched magician DVDs. He was captivated by the editing and quality of magicians’ products. An interest in magic eventually led to an interest in filmmaking.

Ehlman became interested in magic when he was just 5 years old. His dad did a coin trick, took the coin in his hand, blew on it and made it vanish. Ehlman swears he just saw a coin disappear into thin air, and it blew him away.

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Students RISE to the occasion
By | Associate Editor
May 8

The RISE room bustles with activity. Students and staff sit around a large table or work on computers that border the room.

The “wall of fame” to the left of the door is full of photographs of students who have passed through the RISE program at City College.

“They are the core of RISE. That’s what makes us effective. It’s built upon the values, the spirit, the fight of these students,” says counselor Keith Muraki in his small office across the hall where he has his own “wall of fame.” Photos of students with caps, gowns and diplomas smile down from their places next to graduation announcements and thank you notes.

Each of these successes spent time in RISE.

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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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