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City talk: What makes you go eeeeeewwwww?
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Oct. 26, 2009

Chris Eshenaur, Marine Biology

“When you see people riding their bikes and smoking. They think they’re getting all healthy but they’re not.”

Juan Galindo, Electrical Engineering

“Tomatoes…any kind of tomatoes.”

Ebony Hally, Undeclared

“I don’t like tackiness. When someone acts or dresses tacky.”

Erin Palecek, English

“When someone spits in public.”

Michael Tavares, Adjunct Counselor

“Having to clean out the litter box and clean up after the dog,”

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Fall fashion forecast
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Oct. 26, 2009

As summer packs its bags, and heads south for the winter, fall settles in — but the color of the leaves isn’t the only thing changing. City College can say a temporary farewell to shorts and tank tops and greet natural, earth-toned colors among other trends.

With a new season comes a new shopping spree for the latest fall fashions that will have individuals looking chic, trendy, sophisticated. And with a simple closet upgrade, people can be strutting around like they’re fresh off the runway.

Fall has definitely been considered a fashionable season and with this season comes brand new wardrobes filled with daring trends that can be spotted throughout the campus. For example, plaid is a rising trend that has been gracing our campus frequently. Although fall brings out the beautiful greens, blues, purples, and browns in everyone’s closet, plaids are ranging from ruby red all the way to shimmering yellow, which makes it a fun trend in scarves, tops, and even hats.

Fall 2009 fashion also brings brighter colors like mustard yellow and orange. Earth toned green and brown are in to , but the must have color of the season is purple. Whether it…» Read More



It's That Time of Year Again My Pretties
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Oct. 26, 2009

It’s time to ring in the fall with the second highest revenue-generating holiday in the United States: Halloween. With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting an estimated 36 million in potential trick-or-treaters and over $1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in 2008 as well as billions of dollars generated in annual candy revenue, it’s easy to see why.

But from where does this confection-filled, costumed-obsessed holiday originate and how is it celebrated across the globe?

“It dates back to the Celtic festival of Samhain,” says Pamela Lindell, anthropology professor. “A time that they thought the spirits of the dead returned to this world.”

While Halloween’s beginnings stem from ancient rituals, much of the modern world has embraced it – with each culture adapting the holiday to its own norms.

There are holidays all over the world that celebrate the returning of spirits to their ancestral homes at this time of year.

“I know in Japan they celebrate All Souls Day,” says Brita Wynn, adjunct professor of anthropology. “[Their custom is] making little origami boats and putting candles in them to float them down waterways in honor of the ancestors.”

Although early immigrants from Europe brought with them the seedling that…» Read More



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Oct. 26, 2009

For many people Christopher Columbus is known as the crusader who discovered North America, but for those of Native American descent, he’s no hero.

City College’s Cultural Awareness Center held a “Columbus Day”/Díade la Raza summit, which touched on different views of how “Columbus Day” has affected different cultures and the perceptions of the holiday.

“Events like this bring to light many modern day issues of indigenous people of this country,” says ethnic studies major Emma Snuggs.

Considering the devastation the indigenous people have suffered behind Christopher Columbus’ crusade to what he thought was India many people think the day should not be celebrated as a national holiday.

Many students at the event feel Christopher Columbus’ proclamation of “discovering America” meant the cultures and lifestyles of many Native Americans living in America were completely disregarded.

Some say even considered being called Hispanic insulting because the designations is felt to ignore the culture inhabiting America before colonization by the Spanish.

“The influence of Columbus is carried over still,” says music major Jose Martinez “The indigenous refuse to be referred to as Hispanic because they felt the Mexicans came and conquered.”

Others believe Columbus setting foot in North America kick started a 500-year-long struggle…» Read More



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Oct. 26, 2009

The family business: a destiny fulfilled for some and a launching point for others. For Sacramento’s newly anointed poet laureate, adjunct City College and Sacramento State English instructor Bob Stanley 55, it was both.

“I worked in the family business [an auto parts distribution company] for about 30 years,” Stanley says. “So after we sold the business [in 1999] I didn’t want to work for the new owners and I’d always had this hobby.”

Stanley says he’s always had a knack for and interest in poetry.

“I had written poetry, I’d gone to readings, I’d gone to workshops around the country. I mean I loved writing poetry and I loved reading it and talking to people about it.”

For someone who admittedly gravitated toward math and science as a youth, Stanley seemed destined to become a poet.

“I love word play,” Stanley says. “My grandfather played with words, inverted things – I got the gene.”

It was in high school that he first caught the poetic bug.

“I took a class, Introduction to Modern Poetry, and read Whitman, Yeats, Lowell,” Stanley says. “I really liked Yeats.”

Stanley describes his process as free flowing and spontaneous.

“Poetry came more naturally to…» Read More



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Oct. 26, 2009

Originally published Oct. 21st, 2009

The crowd quiets in anticipation of the long waited performer. As she enters the room and takes the stage, all eyes fall on her. She takes her guitar from its hard leather case, pulls it to her chest, and brings it to life. As her fingers begin to pluck each string the audience inches forward in their seats to get closer to the soothing melody.

City College was recently honored to have one of America ’s great musical performers sing Oct. 13 for students and faculty. Lourdes Perez was awarded the 2006 United States Artists Fellow, from United States Artists, which recognizes the “finest living artists in the country.” Loudes Perez came to City College at the request of International Studies Director Riad Bahhur, Perez’s good friend.

“She always gives me hope,” says Bahhur. “She challenges me to work on my poetic skills.” Bahhur has recently helped Perez transcribe one of her songs into Arabic, thus giving him the chance to work on his poetic skills for her song.

Her Spanish-style guitar playing harmonizes with her voice giving the audience the chance to hear music and lyrics as one. Perez’s style doesn’t stay in just…» Read More



All about Emma
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Oct. 12, 2009

Emma Snuggs is a 25-year-old Native American, single mother and City College student who puts all the stereotypes associated with each of those designations to rest.

Snuggs says she found out that she was pregnant during the summer after her junior year in high school. Though the pregnancy forced her to leave school, she tested out with a diploma.

“I never had what you would consider a normal high school experience,” Snuggs says. “But it’s sink or swim, and I guess I chose to swim.”

Snuggs juggles her 18-unit class load, her Indigenous Peoples Club membership, volunteering at the disability research center, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Club and being a mother with what she humbly considers good time management.

“I just have a can-do attitude,” says Snuggs. “I have an excellent support system and I have my native brothers and sisters.”

Snuggs has a 7-year-old son, Michael, whom she lovingly calls her “lucky baby,” since he was born at 7:07 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, although he suffers from severe asthma that hospitalizes him at least twice a year.

“For the past two years we have sat at the table and done our homework together,” Snuggs says. “He does his,…» Read More



Anthropology professor dabbles in mystery genre with new novel
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Oct. 12, 2009

 

“Give people too many choices and they get confused. In the old days, and I’m sounding like an old man here, passengers played shuffleboard and sat by the pool. But times change…”

These are the introductory words that begin City College anthropology professor William Doonan’s mystery novel, “Grave Passage,” released Sept. 1.

Doonan’s detective Henry Grave is not a traditional detec­tive. He is 84 years old and very talkative about his personal life, to the point that it interferes with his work.

“My second marriage lasted all of two- and-a-half months before she figured out she didn’t want to be married. Or at least married to me,” says Grave in response to a captain’s comment about Grave not being the typical detective he was expecting.

According to Doonan, most fictitious detectives follow the Sherlock Holmes stereotype: They are quiet and usually smarter than their peers. Usually they are no older than 60.

Anthropology student Dylan Hale says he’s not surprised to see his professor publishing a novel.

“He’s quick-witted and makes class time and lectures interactive. [He] keeps the discussion going.” Doonan isn’t only receiving praise from students but also from fellow professors.

‘Grave Passage’…» Read More



Campaign seeks to stop buffalo extermination
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Oct. 12, 2009

City College students gathered in front of the Student Center Oct. 8 to sup­port the Buffalo Field Cam­paign.

“This is to bring focus and attention to buffalo that once roamed the free land,” says Tony Longhair, student activist. “We can’t afford to kill buffalo.”

According to the Buffalo Campaign Web site, “Volun­teers from around the world de­fend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection.” The site states that daily patrols stand ground with the buffalo, and document every move made against them.

The group has been hold­ing demonstrations at City Col­lege for the past five years.

“The purpose behind the cause needs to keep being reiter­ated,” says City College President of Indigenous Peoples Club Joseph Perez. “The problem isn’t real for people. Ask half the people here and they won’t know anything about the buffalo.”

Longhair says the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Ser­vice, and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have been systematically exterminating the last pure breed buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. Park services blame the buffalo for the spread of brucellosis, a highly contagious disease that is spread through cross breeding…» Read More



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Oct. 12, 2009

Brandon SooHoo, Undecided

“Do you have mirrors in your pants, because I can see myself in them.”

Britney Overcamp, Communications

“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put “u” and “I” together.”

Cliff Hayes,  Psychology

“Do you have a man, because I want to be yours?”

Sabrina Pruitt, Sociology

“If you were a booger I’d pick you first.”

Sean Murray, Liberal Studies

“Do you have a boyfriend (Say your name here)? Girl says “no.” Do you want one?”

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