Bike chic
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Dec. 8, 2010

The fountain quad at City College resembles a street fair at times—students with guitars sit on the benches outside the cafeteria, poised like troubadours; others can be seen playing hacky sack in the quad. Nearby, the bike racks are filled to capacity.

Biking has long had a reputation for being a sensible means of transportation and hard economic times have made it more popular among students—stylish even, according to City College students.

“You see it in a lot of Urban Outfitters’ ads, people being really fashionable and biking,” says Jamie Santiago, City College journalism and international relations major.

Lorena Beightler, a former City College student, chronicles the burgeoning bike culture in Sacramento on her blog She is also the founder of the Sacramento-based bike tour, Cycle Chic Sunday, which is inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic and commences every third Sunday of the month.

Often, Beightler takes photos of stylish bikers for her blog and says she wants to demystify the bike. For her, it’s another way of getting around town since giving up her Kia Sport convertible. “I have been car-less for two years,” says Beightler.

Beightler is both environmentally conscious and a vegetarian, but these are not the reasons she…» Read More

Back to the history class
By | Guest Writer
Dec. 8, 2010

In a small, unassuming office with stacks of CDs on the windowsill sits the Doc Marten boot-wearing Dr. Carl-Petter Sjovold, City College History Department chair.

He is immediately friendly despite the relatively early hour, although Monday through Thursday his first class begins at 7:30 a.m. Rodda Hall South is quiet at this time of morning, save for the occasional grumblings of students schlepping by Sjovold’s office on their way to or from class.

Sjovold’s iceberg-blue eyes shine like prisms when he speaks of his students. Teaching both U.S. and world history, the good doctor encounters many a learner.

“I meet new people every semester,” he says. “They all have a story.”

Apparently, so does he.

Sjovold has an interesting résumé. He once had a part-time job digging ditches. He says, “It was fun for awhile, but that kind of life has its limits.”

He once was employed at a cannery in Alaska, and also worked in the advertising department of the Oakland Tribune as a production assistant. A job at a cannery, for instance, doesn’t seem like one is on the way to earning a Ph.D., but don’t be fooled. How Sjovold got back to California is fascinating and proves,…» Read More

Like a true sensei
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Nov. 23, 2010

In Japan there are different titles attached to the end of people’s names, called honorifics. One who teaches is respected, and the honorific attached to a teacher’s name is “sensei.” The literal translation is “lives before others.”

When one thinks sensei, the description is usually a wise, philosophical soul who teaches honor and respect, but there is so much more. Sensei is someone to look up to, who inspires others, who not only teaches respect and honor, but shows it. One who mentors. One who counsels.

Like a true sensei, Keith Muraki, 50, is a counselor and program director for the RISE (an acronym of Respect, Integrity, Self-determination, and Education) program at City College. Muraki inspires others with his non-judgmental and encouraging aura that allows students to come in, sit down and just talk about what they truly want in life. He listens.

“He embodies RISE’s spirit,” says Joseph Guiliano, 29, a student teacher at RISE. “He believes in wanting students to succeed.”

The hustle and bustle of college can become overwhelming and disconnecting with blurs of other students passing by. New surroundings can be nerve-wracking, but a friendly smile can wash the nerves away. Take a step out of…» Read More

David Martin's hidden city
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Nov. 23, 2010

Much like an archeologist digging up significant artifacts, David Harper Martin dusts off particular subjects and events he finds essential to reveal. He uncovers the unnoticed civilization of City College and does what he does best: document short videos about people, places and events here at City College through the program he created—”Hidden City.”

“Hidden City” is a program about events and people that make the college special, produced and hosted by Martin, a City College educational media design specialist. He has shot about 16 short documentaries about the college since 2007, each between 10 and 20 minutes long.

If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a play or how props are made, Martin’s first documentary takes viewers on a tour of the City Theatre production of William Saroyan’s play, “The Time of Your Life,” directed by Luther Hanson in the Art Court Theater.

In “Urban Forest,” Martin and Luanne Leineke of the Sacramento Tree Foundation talk about the wide variety of trees on campus and consider their practical, cultural and historical values.

“He’s been able to do his interests and incorporate what things the college might be interested in as a community,” says Martin’s longtime…» Read More

Out of Africa
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Nov. 15, 2010

From the sprawling animal reserve in the Tsavo National Park to the glacial peaks of Mt. Kenya, the African continent boasts a vast array of sights and sounds. For Diana Muhoro, a 24-year-old theatre arts major at City College who grew up in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, Africa is with her always.

“I’m definitely proud to be Kenyan and I thank God,” Muhoro says. “Being born in Kenya has shaped me to be the strong woman I am today.”

While in Kenya, she gained an interest in politics. Her father campaigned in elections as a counselor for Embakasi constituency, one of the eight constituencies in Nairobi Province.

“My father and a few of my extended family members were the ones who were involved in politics,” Muhoro says. But instead of working in politics like her father, Muhoro decided to follow another career path.

“I wanted to pursue medicine, not just because I have a huge heart for serving people and helping people, but also my family and the situation I was in, influenced me,” Muhoro says. “It’s hard to have great opportunities from where I come from if you don’t have a ‘good’ degree.”

When Muhoro came to the…» Read More

Won't you be my neighbor?
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Oct. 27, 2010

In the tradition of art popularized by gritty, street artists like New York’s Jean-Michel Basquiat and London’s Banksy, City College presents a collection of paintings that challenge the campus community to discuss racial injustice and environmental activism.

“Welcome to My Global Hood: A Conversation with the Artist Milton Bowens” held Oct. 11 in the Student Center at City College featured a collection of images fusing poetry, art and history into a message of social responsibility.

Oakland native Milton Bowens is the artist responsible for bringing his images to City College.

While Bowens isn’t a student or professor, his exhibit was chosen because the Cultural Awareness Center felt his exhibit was powerful and would capture people’s attention, according to coordinator Victoria Henderson.

“He’s an artist who truly educates,” Henderson said.

Students enrolled in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services program were in attendance.

“Some of my students had worked in Milton’s program over the summer and their work, along with Milton’s, was put up on display in the library,” said Kenneth Times, a counselor at EOPS. “After the [event] the students felt that the presentation brought his work to life even more so.”

The final presentation, “Does Art Matter? with Milton…» Read More

Lights, camera, action
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 27, 2010

Every aspiring performer dreams of rubbing elbows with Hollywood hotshots and hobnobbing with top musicians.

From entertaining his classmates in elementary school to being one of the founding members of the Sacramento City Arts and Media Productions club (S.C.A.M.P.), 25-year-old City College student Maximillian De Beni is living this dream to its fullest.

“I have been a class clown since the first grade. I like the attention,” De Beni says. “I like saying something out of the ordinary and seeing people’s reactions and making them laugh and smile.”

De Beni found his inspiration for S.C.A.M.P when he moved to Los Angeles in December 2009. During his seven months in Los Angeles, De Beni hung out with R&B artists Ray J and Bobby Brakins and rapper Soulja Boy, who granted him access to the inner workings of the music business.

“I was on set of a lot of music videos and I [saw] how it was done.” De Beni says. “I thought to myself, ‘We can do this in Sacramento.’”

S.C.A.M.P, founded last month, involves anything artistic including directing films, documentaries, music videos, photography, acting, and dancing and other arts.

De Beni says he fills many roles in S.C.A.M.P., including directing,…» Read More

A helping hand
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 29, 2010

Tests, projects and research papers—a telltale sign that school is back in session.

College poses many challenges that most students are familiar with, but for those who face physical or psychological challenges, Dr. Gwyneth Tracy, coordinator of the Disabled Services and Programs for Students department, has developed many solutions.

“It’s to level the playing field,” Tracy says. “It [the program at City College] provides accommodations so that students have equal opportunity to succeed academically.”

Tracy grew up during a cross-cultural journey that included Berkeley, England and Thailand, and credits her experiences abroad in helping her understand what it is like to be “different”.

Tracy’s career helping the disabled began in Spokane, WA as a part-time speech pathologist. After pursuing several educational paths, combined her interest in community colleges, adult learners and program development for special populations into her doctorate in education from Washington State University.

Drawing on her experience evaluating DSPS programs statewide and later working in the California Community College Chancellor’s office, Tracy came to City College in 2005 and was presented an “opportunity to implement many of those best practices I had seen…all in one college.”

The DSPS at City College gives assistance to more than 1,900 students…» Read More

Mysticism in art
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Sept. 29, 2010

As he navigates through his Facebook page, Chris Daubert clicks through a number of pictures and videos that he calls his “constructions and concepts.”

Diligently searching for an image buried in a sea of photographs on the social networking website, Daubert seems perplexed.

“Don’t they arrange them a certain way, by date or something?” asks Daubert, art professor at City College.

Finally finding what he’s looking for, he settles on a video of himself testing a new construction that will debut in his art show at Blue Line Civic Art Center in Roseville Oct. 16.

The focal point of Daubert’s show is a wall 6-and-a-half-feet tall and 25-feet long, featuring 4,500 heat-seeking motion detectors Along with the motion detectors, Daubert has also wired 4,500 red LED lights and 4,500 tuned doorbells.

Hoping to feel the ghost of a person’s body heat through lighting and sound, Daubert says he wants to re-create what might be a spiritual encounter, or at least the sentiment of one.

Daubert has taught art at City College for more than 10 years and says it’s a must-have for emerging artists. “Community college is where art is,” Daubert says. “This is where it all starts.”

Daubert is…» Read More

Coming full circle
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Sept. 13, 2010

With each passing semester,the City College campus changes more and more. This semester has brought a new Fine Arts building,the beginning stages of reconstruction on the auditorium,and the addition of cutting edge new courses, among numerous other changes.

Accompanying a pair of newly offered aeronautics classes this semester is its new and highly accomplished instructor.

Scott Miller, a former City College student and long standing air craft pilot and instructor, is the newest addition to the aeronautics faculty. At 46 years old, Miller has been flying nearly half of his life.

“It all started when I was a little kid living close to Sacramento Executive Airport watching airplanes fly around,” Miller says. “I thought it would be a fun thing to do.”

Miller received his private pilot’s license from the Sacramento Executive Airport at the age of 18. Shortly afterward, he enrolled at City College for three years, before obtaining his bachelor’s in aeronautics from San Jose State University.

After receiving his degree, Miller taught light aircraft piloting part time at Trade Winds Aviation in San Jose at before taking on a job with Northwest Airlink, the regional carrier for Northwest Airlines, from 1995 to 2010. Miller says he fell…» Read More