Features

Fitness: a family affair
By | Sports Editor
March 26

Drops of sweat collect on the rubber-padded floors of the City College gym as Victor Lagunas Sr. approaches the 10-mile mark in his workout riding one of the schools stationary bicycles. Lagunas biked 13 miles on this day, one more than his usual 12.

At the 13-mile mark Lagunas stops. Momentum from the turning wheels carries his legs through a few more pedals until he comes to a rest. He takes the white gym towel draped around his neck and wipes the sweat from his thinning gray hair and forehead. His two sons, Victor Jr. and Gilbert—also wrapping up their workouts, come over to meet their 90-year-old father, as they have after every workout for more than a decade.

The Lagunas family’s tenure at City College spans over 50 years. Lagunas’ oldest son Victor Jr. attended classes in the mid-1960s, graduating with an associate’s degree. Lagunas’ three other children followed suit, each spending time at City College before transferring to four-year institutions.

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Former Panther rocked on ‘The Voice’
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March 26

At City College, the baseball diamond is a place where hard-working students become devoted athletes. It is also where an athlete named Jeremy Briggs stepped off home plate and into his music career. After joining a local Sacramento band as its vocalist, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to further his career by auditioning for NBC’s “The Voice.”

Although Briggs qualified for the show and appeared in the first few episodes, he was eliminated on the first “battle duet” March 18. He may not have hit a home run on “The Voice,” but Briggs remains a star in many City College memories.

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HAIRitage exhibit celebrates the connection between hair and identity
By | Features Editor
March 15

Hair defines people. A barbershop or beauty parlor does not just give a haircut—it gives a haven for self-expression. People in the business and customers know there is an intimacy that connects everyone in universal ways.

“Everybody hangs their hat up at the door. When you come there, there’s always respect for each other…we believe in a traditional way of being a community center,” says Marichal J. Brown, creator of “HAIRitage: A Fine Art and Photo Exhibition,” visiting City College on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center through March 6.

According to James Sweeney, a regular at Brown’s family barbershop, it is a place where anyone can say what needs to be said.

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SCC theater arts department enlivens classic tales
By | Staff Writer
March 15

There are parties, fistfights, sexy ladies and playboys, a hitchhiker, drunks and people living in a boiler. And then there’s a scientist named Doc Ricketts, who catches frogs and starfish in the tide pools off the shore of Monterey in the 1930s.

All of these characters are portrayed by the 35 actors playing over seventy roles in John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row,” directed by Christine Nicholson, at the main stage of City College’s Performing Arts Center.

The set invokes Monterey right down to the starfish on the rocks.

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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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