Students return from summer with attention span hangover
Tina Armour | Staff Writer email@example.com
Fall semester has already started at City College and students must acclimate rapidly into daunting tasks such as waking up early and doing homework after a three-month summer vacation.
Summer vacation is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated part of the school year for most students, but the return to early morning wake-up alarms and homework is also the hardest for most students.
Recent high school graduate and new sociology major Elizabeth Dotts acknowledges both the positive and negative effects of summer break.
“Right after high school it’s a nice break, but in between the spring and fall semesters, it makes me completely forget everything I’ve learned.”
Dotts says that she has already missed homework assignments in her English writing 302 class because she wasn’t focused on what was being taught during class.
“I pay attention less when school starts again. At least for a couple weeks, I’m still in summer mode,” Dotts says.
Dotts isn’t the only student who is suffering from the side effects of a summer vacation.
“I was kind of in summer mode still,” says City College student Gabe Gomez. “I…» Read More
Federal program offers aviation internships to City College students
Luke Otterstad | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org A retiring workforce, including more than 50 percent of the Federal Aviation Administration’s electronics technicians, is creating a crucial demand for replacement workers within the next five years, according to a City College electronics professor.
“If we allow [these] technicians to retire and don’t replace them, the technology our survival depends on will fail us in the very near future,” warned Melvin Duvall, electronics professor.
The sharp rise in the retirement rate is a broader phenomenon economists say is caused by the baby boomer bust -– a term describing the lack of new workers to replace older retirees because of U.S. birthrates dropping nearly half since their peak in 1957.
Working to address this problem at some level by providing essential training for replacement workers, City College is leading the way through its electronics technology program in cooperation with an FAA internship program.
City College is one of only a handful of FAA-approved colleges that offers an internship for college students known as the Technical Operations Collegiate Training Initiative. Through the TO-CTI internship, nearly 50 students from City College have gained valuable…» Read More
City Theatre ready for 2009-10 theatrical season
La Tisha Clayton | Staff Writer
The lights go down, the music calms, the audience ceases their jabber and the spotlight illuminates the stage.
Thus begins the play and so has City College’s new theatrical season.
The City Theater season began with what has become a City College tradition: The 29-and-a -half hour Playwriting Festival in which a group of playwrights are given a theme, a director, some actors, 10 hours and one day of rehearsal to produce an original work of theater.
“It was really upbeat, fast paced, fun and original,” say theater major Katina Meers. “It’s amazing how a theater play can be made, rehearsed, and presented in such little time, only 29-and-a-half hours.”
Lori Ann Delappe-Grondin, theater professor and director of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which opens Sept. 25, says that this season of plays will be exciting and theater goers will be in for a treat.
“We are presenting everything from spooky to kooky, farcical to musical,” says DeLappe-Grondin. “We also have a wonderful studio presentation of plays about our old city cemetery.”
DeLappe-Grondin also says that this year’s production line up is adapted for all…» Read More
City College students recount freshmen experiences
Juan De Anda | Features Editor email@example.com
The beginning of a semester brings a fresh wave of students new to the college experience.
And for some students, the first couple of weeks can be, as Charles Dickens says in “A Tale of Two Cities”, “the best of times or the worst of times, the age of wisdom or even the age of foolishness.”
Though Charles Dickens wasn’t talking about community college students in “A Tale of Two Cities,” his most famous line from the old classic seems tailor made for students who are struggling to adapt to a new college environment English major Erin Palecek says she considers her first year of college as the best of times.
“My first semester in college was relatively easy,” says Palecek. “I had a smooth transition into the college atmosphere and I had no major difficulties adapting to the shift of responsibilities and schedule changes.”
Palecek attributes her fluid transition to her willingness to ask for help.
“Asking for help is something I needed to do because if I didn’t then I probably would have been lost or overwhelmed with the new changes college entails,” she…» Read More
City College students use the break in a variety of ways
Hana King | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Labor Day has come and gone, and while the holiday was once observed in quiet recognition of the struggles of the labor movement, most City College students are just thankful for a three-day weekend.
The holiday that has become synonymous with family trips and outdoor barbecues was enjoyed to the fullest by City College students.
To that end, City College student Harpreet Kaur made the 15-hour drive up to Surrey, Canada for he cousin’s birthday. She was there for the entirety of the weekend.
Parsad, who spent his weekend working and his Monday barbequing, says that the time off was a welcomed relief. Some students were not able to enjoy the luxury of uninterrupted vacation. Stephanie Carpenter had soccer practice every day over break but believes that the team looks good this season.
Some students were more inclined to spend their short break locally. David Davis, who graduated from City College some time ago and is back to take classes recreationally, went to Pioneer Days in Old Sacramento to take photographs for a class.
Sam Hultberg, a Sign Interpretation major, also stayed close.
Fred Dalkey presented with Golden Bear at California State Fair
Christopher Geanakos | Editor in Chief email@example.com
The Golden Bear Awards for The California Artist of the Year were presented to Clayton Bailey and retired City College art instructor Fred Dalkey Aug. 29 at the California State Fair.
“Someone’s made a mistake,” Dalkey said to the audience as he received the award. He later said that he very flattered but surprised to be picked.
Dalkey instructed many of the campus’s painting and drawing courses from 1969 until his retirement in May of this year. He was also a student at City College from 1960 to 1962. During this time he studied under famed Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos.
“I have no idea why they would have picked me,” Dalkey said. “Theres so many wonderful people who I would have thought would be far ahead of me.”
The Golden Bear Award is the highest award bequeathed by the California State Fair and has been given for Artist of the Year since 2006, according to California State Fair fine art exhibit coordinator Carol Buchanan. Former winners include fellow Sacramento luminaries Gregory Kondos and Wayne…» Read More
City College Theater Department hosts introductory event
Genevieve Jerome | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Students met up with faculty from the Theater Department to learn about future events and get information on the upcoming theater season Monday, Aug. 31.
Many aspiring actors and students got a chance to meet Luther Hanson, chair of the Theater Department, Doug Lawson, Children’s Theater coordinator, and other faculty of the department.
The event not only detailed what will be going on in the upcoming theater season, it also filled in prospective students on what Theatre Arts classes are open for enrollment, including: Intro to Acting, Multicultural Acting and Acting for Film.
Professor Hanson also discussed the various acting roles each play offers.
“We have over 20 stage Productions, a year, 10-15 actors per project, 200-300 roles per year. We have many opportunities for students. We are very proud of that.”
Students circulated the event with anticipation and hope for their theater futures, while getting to know each other.
For more information on any Theater Arts Classes or events, e-mail Luther Hanson at: HansonL@scc.losrios.edu.