Up for discussion
By | Guest Writer
May 9, 2014

Encouraging young inexperienced students to dip their frantic feet in the water, Jared Anderson has been a debater since his early years in our own backyard as a City College student himself.

“It will change your life,” chuckles Anderson, a City College communication studies professor and until recently, the Los Rios debate coach. He is now the debate coach at Sacramento State University.

For many years Anderson, 38, has helped students who struggle in all walks of life—students who come from poverty to students who come from stable homes—to succeed in public speaking.

He believes being on the debate team helps students succeed and get over their fear of public speaking, in addition to other benefits.

“You get to hang around a bunch of nerds who all love the same thing,” he says.

He wishes to bring out the potential his students never thought to possess.

“I’ve had a lot of talented, brilliant students who’ve gone through the program,” he says.

Aside from working with students of various educational and experience levels, Anderson made strides to ensure the debate team was a healthy and welcoming atmosphere for all his students.

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Baseball is in his blood
By | Guest Writer
May 9, 2014

Tink! Tink! Tink! The sound of a metal bat hitting a baseball, over and over again. The smell of fresh cut grass. The sound of baseballs hitting mitts repeatedly. The sun overhead. This is where Robert Link feels his passion.

Link, 20, is a City College baseball player. He is the archetypal college athlete and represents the program here at Sac City the way it should be.

That all comes easy for Link, baseball is in his blood.

“He is an excellent example of what community college student-athletes should strive to be,” says City College head baseball coach Derek Sullivan. “His future is bright.”

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New captain on campus
By | Staff Writer
May 8, 2014

City College’s new police captain, Chris Day, has transferred from American River College with 20 years of experience under his belt.

“The job is the same; the responsibility of campus safety is the same. It’s just a new location,” said Day.

Day isn’t the only one making a move. Currently, the Los Rios police captains are being rotated for professional development.

“[It’s] so that we know each others’ campuses, staffing and administration for safety concerns and emergencies,” Day explained.

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Acting out
By | Guest Writer
May 8, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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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