City College sophomore Heather Oakley makes the catch at first base for the out during the home game against Santa Rosa College on the City College softball field in March. | Dianne Rose |

One step back, two steps forward

Heather Oakley loves baseball. Her father coaches the sport, and she has been playing since she was 5 years old. For Oakley, a first-base player, the softball field has been a home away from home for years. But there is one softball field she hopes to never step on again.

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Rise to the occasion

Tomatoes for $3? JuanLaChica says that is something he cannot get used to paying. Tomatoes are the same produce he picked in the Central Valley…

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It’s OK to be a little different

The dirty t-shirt, holey jeans, glasses and Afro will make you look twice. After you ask him how his day is and he explains how…

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All the right stuff

The background action is seemingly unruly asseveral male athletes loudly bombard the room, taking helmets, shoulder pads and searching for other gear before practice. In…

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Add Just A Dash of Something Extra

At the sliding glass doors of Rodda South, she heard it for the umpteenth time. “What’s up, Subway girl?” The young man got too close,…

Vacaville High School  assistant coach for girls basketball team, Jeff Christian, has also been helping sick and injured students working as a nurse on campus for the past 6 years. T.William Wallin |

This guy gives back to City College students

When someone says, “school nurse,” the mind conjures a picture of that older woman who placed a Band-Aid on a scraped knee and handed out suckers. One Sacramento City College nurse does not fit that vision.

One member of the City College nursing staff goes beyond just his school nurse occupation to make time for what makes him feel good. Whether it’s volunteering, coaching basketball, or giving back to the community with his own non- profit organization, Jeffery Christian, 43, is a role model in every way to his family and his students.


Space Walker

Being a starving artist is a rite of passage in the music industry. Having to struggle for your music gives it a soul. Nothing could…


A journey in words

Overlooking the sea of students among the tables and burgundy chairs, he sits with his newsboy cap lowered, chair turned backside toward the table, and…

Dat Tran, a biology major at City College, has been in the United States for over 2 years since leaving his home country Vietnam. He wants to be a pediatrician and help kids when he is done with school. Tony Wallin |

Living the dream

A 15-year-old boy in the southern part of Vietnam fell down his stairs and broke his knee. Needing surgery that would cost more than what…

English professor Janna Maron holds the literary magazine, "Under the Gum Tree" which she is an editor of

Standing out in a crowd

The red boots called to her from the thrift store shelf. She wanted them, but she convinced herself she wouldn’t wear them. The boots taunted…