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Black like me: A Q&A session
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Feb. 22, 2010

Q: America celebrates Black History Month in February, and then it’s over until next year. What message do you think this sends to society?

R.G.: I think Black History Month was conceived in the 1960s or 1970s and it was basically a backlash against all the uproar in the Civil Rights movement and all the bullshit that happened to black people during those times. This was part of the approach that was saying, “Ok we’re going to improve ourselves, we’re going to lift ourselves up, not only through the law, but intellectually too, to go from being Negroes to being black with some pride.” Q: How is your culture important to you? Do you feel it’s important for African-American students to understand the history of their culture?

M.C.: I love being black. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else, but this is where I’m fed up, where someone feels if you’re talking proper, you’re trying to be ‘white.’ It hurts the most when it’s coming from my own people. I’m just being me. I believe the mindset has to change of being less. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you have to live less, doesn’t mean you…» Read More



Health care crisis hits students
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Feb. 22, 2010

While the battle for health care reform continues to rage in Congress, it remains to be seen how any of the proposed changes will affect college students in the long run.

With the House of Representatives passage of the ever-controversial Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962, on Nov. 9, 2009, and the Senate still working on a health care reform bill of its own, the greatest challenge will come after it has passed, when congressional leaders put their heads together and find common ground…

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As far as the eye can see
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Feb. 22, 2010

If you ask how Professor Tom Miner’s winter vacation was his answer may be a little more eventful than you would have guessed.  Instead of relaxing and taking it easy from the stresses of the fall semester, he set his sights on something high. Way high.  Miner spent three weeks in Argentina climbing one of the highest mountains in the world. With frost nipped fingers and weight literally lifted off his shoulders from his 45-pound backpack he is ready to start another semester here at City College.

Miner is an English and creative writing professor and has been at City College since 1991. Being an avid hiker, he has set a goal to climb a mountain in each country during his international adventures. Not to mention, getting a massage in each one as well. Miner has visited a total of 74 countries, striving to reach his goal of traveling to 100 countries in his lifetime.

“I’m curious about everything. I want to try everything. I want to read everything,” says Miner. Never even boarding a plane as a youth, Miner was inspired at an early age to see the world through the influences of his love of literature. “I always…» Read More



Addictions are all around us
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Feb. 22, 2010

An addiction has overcome the City College campus and it can’t be cured by a bottle of pills or a trip to rehab. The only way to kick this addiction is to turn it off.

Many students are heavily addicted to their iPhones. They use them during breaks between classes, lunch, while waiting in line for the bathroom and even during class when the instructor isn’t looking.

“I use it at least 2,000 times a day. There’s so much to do on it,” says City College student Justin Villena. “Yeah, I am kind of addicted to it. It‘s like a drug, but legal.”

Those who don’t own an iPhone may wonder why people are addicted to using this device. There are thousands of iPhone apps, short for applications, available to download, including games, weather, horoscope, and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace just a simple click away.

“It does so many things that you can‘t really provide a good enough explanation why not to use it,” says Max McKee, Theaters major. “I got along without it before, but sometimes I leave it at home and I kind of feel weird without it. I feel like I can not…» Read More



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Feb. 22, 2010

The play “The Meeting” made it’s premiere at City College on Feb. 4, taking place at the Student Center. It dramatizes a fictional meeting between two of the most influential figures from the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X….» Read More




A beautiful life
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Feb. 8, 2010

Sara Rupnow, a City College student who battled cancer since the age of 16, died Dec. 14, 2009. She was 19.

Rupnow, who received an honorary degree from City College shortly after her death, died at home of complications from the cancer.

While a sophomore in high school, she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, which affects the joints in the arms and legs causing large swelling and many of the health complications she experienced—including the amputation of her left leg.

Rupnow didn’t let the disease interfere with her life. She said being in school, interacting with others and feeling productive helped her continue pursuing life.

“When I feel like my life is so unfair and it sucks, I’m able to talk to people who are having a worse time than me and come back and feel like my life is not that bad,” said Rupnow in an interview with The Express, recorded six weeks before her death.

“Doing things day by day and focusing on what I want to do is much more productive instead of thinking of the scary things that happened or will happen to me.”

According to her parents, Rupnow became a stronger person due to synovial…» Read More



A little help goes a long way
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Feb. 8, 2010

Additional reporting by Vincent Fernandez

Haitian people experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 that shocked the nation. Although the country of Haiti is thousands of miles away from City College, it didn’t take long for our small community on campus to reach out to those across the globe.

With the start of a new semester, City College students and faculty are doing everything they can to help Haiti by running donation drives such as Soles 4 Souls and Brick by Brick. Soles 4 Souls was a shoe drive that ran for two days on campus, organized by the Honors Club. Victoria Henderson, Cultural Awareness Center coordinator, is extremely grateful for the efforts and support City College has done for the country of Haiti.

“I think it’s certainly a sad tragedy, but it’s an important learning experience for all of us and I would like to thank all of you who participated in the shoe drive that we had. I want you to know Sacramento City College collected 1,200 pairs of shoes,” says Henderson.

Along with two donation drives, the Cultural Awareness Center hosted an event called “Haiti: In the Aftermath of an Earthquake” in regards to the…» Read More



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Feb. 8, 2010

You’re in the grocery store, starving from a long day at school and hunger pangs take over your ability to think straight. Instead of opting for chicken and rice, you grab a cheap box of macaroni n’ cheese.

However, some instructors and students think they can change this popular fast food trend.

Many students are on a tight budget, so it’s easy to assume junk food is the best financial choice. City College Nutrition Instructor Nadine Kirkpatrick thinks otherwise. She feels junk food is not the only option.

“Grab things to go that are good for you,” says Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick suggests whole wheat crackers with peanut butter and yogurt as healthy alternatives that fit easily into a backpack. She also gives tips when purchasing fruits and vegetables.

“Anything in season and in bulk is going to be very inexpensive,” says Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick feels students don’t have to spend a lot of money on eating healthy if they are smart about it and plan well. She also feels that a student can find ways to eat these healthy foods and still stay full.

“To keep full you need something that has protein in it, and has fiber,” says Kirkpatrick. Junk food…» Read More



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Feb. 8, 2010

Chocolate candy is stuck between your teeth and pink is splattered everywhere you look.

You’re tired of hearing “Happy Valentine’s Day!” but relieved to have the excuse to gorge out on candy.

For many people, Valentine’s Day is a cheesy, expensive holiday filled with candy and flowers, but what most people don’t realize is Valentine’s Day has an important historical meaning behind it.

Did you know Saint Valentine’s Day is a unique holiday that brings in over $14 billion annually and holds remnants of Christian and ancient Roman traditions? Isn’t it funny how Saint Valentine was beheaded because of secretly marrying lovers, but today it is the most romantic holiday of the year?

Many people may feel pressured into doing something for their loved ones on this day, while others look forward to the celebration of love.

Tom Miner, City College English instructor, says he looks forward to Valentine’s Day, “Since my wife is from Belgium, she’s an expert on gourmet chocolate,” Miner says.

Students have family traditions when it comes to Valentine’s Day too.

“When I was little, my mom would send us sweetheart candies in our lunch,” says City College business major Sophia Lopez.

One legend states Saint Valentine…» Read More