Features

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Feb. 8, 2010

Admit it. You race home in order to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Family Guy”. Whether we care to admit it or not we plan our lives around TV, talking about the next big show with the hot all-star cast or wondering who will be crowned with an Academy Award.

You get home after a long day of work and you sit down on your comfy couch with a bucket of popcorn and a glass of wine. Now it’s only you and your TV, sharing an intimate experience of you transferring to another world.

Hi everyone, my name is Genevieve Jerome and I am your new features editor. Welcome to my review column. Here I will be reviewing local events along with anything artistic that may be going on at City College, feeling free to give my two cents on actor’s ability and student’s creativity.

Being an experienced TV watcher and actress, I’m always looking for an actor’s ability to move me with their words. With 21 years of experience in the acting business, I know a thing or two about theater, films and the arts. Enough about me, let’s talk about all things creative offered at City College.

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City College sign vandalized
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Jan. 27, 2010

In the early morning hours of Jan. 27, taggers hit the City College sign located at the intersection of Sutterville and Freeport. The graffiti on one side was spread across the entire L.E.D. sign.

“If anything used to try and clean it melts the L.E.D.’s … the sign may in fact be ruined,” said City College painter Stephen Coleman.

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ASG president resigns
By | Multimedia Editor
Jan. 20, 2010

Embattled Associated Student Government President Steve Macias resigned Jan. 20 during an unofficial ASG meeting, leaving former Vice President Debby Dixon to fill in as interim president.

“We are going to be entertaining presidential nominations on our next meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 27), at noon,” Dixon said.

Dixon also said that she thanked Macias for his services during the unofficial meeting.

Macias has not yet commented on his resignation but said he plans to issue a prepared statement soon.

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Up in the air
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Jan. 20, 2010

Pursuing what he loves has brought 27-year-old Ernest Bouwer closer to his dream of being an engineer for Skunk Works.

Bouwer, Aeronautics major, grew up as a hometown boy in Colorado, where at the age of 10 he already took apart a game to see how he could fix it.

“When I was about 13, I ended up taking my dad’s drill apart, ’cause I wanted to know how it worked. And so I put it back together and he said it worked better when I took it apart,” said Bouwer.

Bouwer was convinced by a recruiter to join the military about a year and a half after dropping out of college and was qualified to take an electronics job in the military that he wanted.

Unfortunately there was no more room, but with the help of a recruiter, Bouwer was informed that he got the job.  The position Bouwer ultimately accepted was a electronics, avionics and armament technician for the attack helicopter, Apache.

Being in the military took him to places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany, where he worked with aviation, and even got into a newspaper while working in Iraq on an 64 Delta, another name for…» Read More



Rain, rain, go away
By | Multimedia Editor
Jan. 20, 2010

Scattered groups of students dotted the City College campus Jan. 19 for the beginning of the spring semester, after nearly a month off for winter break.

Some students felt that the downpour of rain and dreary weather that marked the first weekday of spring instruction was far from a fitting serenade.

“I feel wet and I hate wet weather but at the same time I love the snow, so I’m dealing with it,” said undecided City College student and snowboarding enthusiast Dillon Sora.

According to data from the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness Office, there are currently over 62,000 class enrollments this semester. Though headcount information won’t be available until the fourth week of instruction, Dr. Marybeth Buechner believes trends are indicating higher enrollment from the fall semester. Higher enrollment coupled with another district wide 2 percent class cut this semester has impacted students on campus.

I’m waiting right now to get into a class,» said journalism major Kyle Duval. Duval said that the class he is waiting for is currently closed for enrollment due to full class size. ”I’m going to stick around and see if I can get into it, see if I can persuade the teacher to…» Read More



Nursing celebrates fall graduation
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Dec. 17, 2009

City College’s  Registered Nursing (RN) program celebrated the graduation of their fall 2009 class at the Auditorium Dec. 17.

Students interested in applying for the City College nursing program are subject to a lottery, with admissions letters already sent out for the spring 2010 semester.

For more information about the program, degrees, and training they offer, visit http://wserver.scc.losrios.edu/~nursing/

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Classes cut, alternatives slimmer
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Dec. 17, 2009

Los Rios Community College District is expected to cut more than 300 course sections for the spring semester.

The cuts will eliminate 2 percent of classes throughout the entire district.

Students will want to get a head start in enrolling for class as fewer classes will be available.

“They need to register early,” Interim Vice President of Instruction John Ruden said.  “If they’re on the wait list, they need to check the position and do that daily because students do change their schedules.”

Ruden also said vocational, technical, basic skills and transferable classes are offerings that the district wants to keep.

He pointed out that students should look for classes they need on a different campus, putting the spotlight on City College’s new West Sacramento Center opening in the spring semester.

“Students need to look at classes that are being offered in West Sacramento in particular,” he said.

Richard Rosales, a graphic communications student, worries that a class he needs might be cut next semester. He doesn’t plan on traveling between campuses.

“I think it’s unfair to all students,” Rosales said.  “I don’t feel like I have to go (…) all the way to another college to take a course.”

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Help is a few doors away
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2009

As this semester fades away, many City College students dropped some of their classes, and many others are struggling and staying up late to study for their final exams.

Dropping and failing classes can be depressing to some students, but it is not the end of anything. It is just a learning experience and a subliminal warning sign that extra support is needed in order to succeed and keep up the grades in challenging courses.

City College offers multiple support services available free of charge to current students.

“We have a small library with current textbooks, solutions manuals, calculators that can be check out for use in our lab,” said Terrie Martin, City College’s math lab coordinator.

Martin said that the math lab counts with qualified tutors to provide support for every math course.

In order to tutor, City College students must have obtained a grade of an A or a B in the course for which they wish to tutor and pass a one-on-one interview. If they pass the interview, they have to attend training to master the subject they will be tutoring.

“I went a few times to the math lab and once to see my professor during…» Read More



Memorial service to be held for SCC student
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Dec. 17, 2009

City College student Sara Rupnow, the subject of this article published by the Express, lost her fight with cancer on Dec. 14.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 8925 Vintage Park Drive in Sacramento (map here).

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Mom juggles life to become nurse
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Dec. 15, 2009

Genevieve Bottum juggles IVs, her backpack, a 3-year-old daughter and supervising blood transfusions.

Bottum, a 25-year-old single mother, is preparing to graduate as a registered nurse after successfully completing her fourth and final semester in the City College nursing program.

“I started off wanting to be in networking, and so I did the computer information technology route,” she said. “I really liked people more and wanted to have more communication at my job.”

So she switched majors.

“I applied to six schools and just got really lucky and got accepted to Sacramento City College,” she said. “They have a great program.”

She urges pre-nursing students to apply to as many schools as possible because it is a competitive field.

Luck is one word for Bottum’s situation, but her perseverance, dedication and her extended support system have played a large role in her achievements.

“My parents have been 100 percent supportive in just asking, ‘What do you need?’ and they watch my daughter,” she said. “And my boyfriend…he helps me get out of my box, see the big picture, makes sure I have a little bit of fun, and the same with my friends.”

She said they are also are…» Read More