Profiles

Communicating with the world
By | Guest Writer
Feb. 7

No talking. That is the rule written on the whiteboard for all to see. When students momentarily forget, she gives them the look—the one that says, “You have been warned.”

When students momentarily forget, she gives them the look—the one that says, “You have been warned.”

Meet Pat Masterson, 61, a professor of American Sign Language at City College. Though a small woman, only 5 feet 3 inches, her commanding presence would make the biggest lineman jealous.

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Duval Clear, "Masta Ace," takes on the music industry
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 13, 2013

In collaboration with Rock The School Bells and the Low End Theory Collaborative, hip-hop legend Duval Clear, known by his stage name, Masta Ace hosted a lecture at City College on Dec. 9.

Ace touched a variety of different things regarding the business of music, including how to stay relevant, reinventing yourself, and how to not be afraid of taking chances by pushing the envelope musically.

The Brooklyn MC first received notoriety in 1988 as a member of the Juice Crew, which released one of the most renowned hip-hop songs of its era The Symphony, produced by Marley Marl. The track also featured other pioneers of hip-hop Craig G, Kool G Rap, and Big Daddy Kane.

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By | Guest Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

Imagine waking up early before the sun has risen. Frost still covers your car. You arrive one half-hour early to prepare for a 10-hour day. First, you defrost your frozen hands on a hot cup of coffee. Next, you get paperwork ready for newcomers before you fetch the wing commander to start training.

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Tuskegee family continues to fly to new heights
By | News Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

REPLICAS OF FAMOUS AIRPLANES hang from the ceiling of a former McClellan aircraft hangar, punctuated by the one with the tail painted red. Formally dressed people of every age and skin tone mingle with active service members and, maybe most significantly, older black men in red jackets with a very special historic insignia on the breast.

The Color Guard places the flags of the United States and California at each side of a small table with a single place setting, candle and another American flag.

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Stumbling onto success
By | Guest Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

This is the man who saw it all. He has been everywhere, and he has tried it all.

He sits down to enjoy his morning coffee at Starbucks after a life full of adventures.

“I’ve lived many lives,” says Harold Knox, an 87-year-old English professor who has been teaching at City College for 46 years.

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New officer on duty
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

City College has a new officer making the rounds, and he says he’s determined to show the best side of the school’s police department.

“We’re college police, but we’re community police too,” says Sam Esquibel, who works the evening shift on campus.

When he was a kid living in Missouri, Esquibel and his mom and two brothers stayed in an old church run by the Salvation Army. Every year, state troopers would come for Christmas to buy the kids presents and this inspired Esquibel to give back to the community, he says.

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Senate president leads with skill and determination
By | Guest Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

Presidents are not made, they’re chosen, so the saying goes.

Sandeep Singh, president of the City College Student Senate, was chosen, picked  by the students on campus who saw he had the willpower within to make changes that make a difference.

“I just want to help,” says Singh.

Singh, 19, joined the Senate in fall 2012, and he has made his way to the top— fast. He says his passion is trying to understand situations with given resources, and that’s exactly what the Student Senate was looking for. His communication and interaction skills got him noticed by many peers. Singh was then offered a position in the Student Senate, where he walked into it with open arms.

“He thinks things through,” says City College Senator and colleague Lincoln Scott, who admires Singh’s empathy and understanding.

Singh’s accomplishments are many. He has recruited and filled executive positions for the Student Senate within one month. No easy task. He has attracted active and passionate members of whom he is proud. He has attended Chancellor Cabinet Meetings and has been requested to speak at events and public speaking. Additionally, he works on countless projects: a campus suggestions box, student discounts, billboards and more.

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Not just a card game
By | Staff writer
Dec. 11, 2013

The smell of Body odor of cheap plastic tabletops. Posters plastered on every wall. This is what it feels like to be in a comic book store.

Though some people are off reading comics or playing videogames on a console in the corner, others are playing card games. To some people, a game is something that is played on occasion and done for fun.  For others, it is a lifetime passion. For a select few, it is a way to make money and win prizes.

Jacky Fu, a 20-year-old City College student, does all this. Sitting slightly hunched over with thick, black glasses and equally dark hair, Fu takes up his card-playing stance. This slouch started when he got his first set of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in fifth grade and since then, has been his Yu-Gi-Oh!  playing position. More recently, the stance has carried him into the competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament scene.

“Ever since I went to my first locals, just like down the street, I was like, ‘Wow, this game is actually way more complicated than it needs to be,’” says Fu. “So I decided to learn all the rulings.”

Playing at a local card shop and practicing with teammates Tamarrier…» Read More



By | Guest writer
Dec. 11, 2013

IMAGINE WAKING UP EARLY before the sun has risen. Frost still covers your car. You arrive one half-hour early to prepare for a 10-hour day. First, you defrost your frozen hands on a hot cup of coffee. Next, you get paperwork ready for newcomers before you fetch the wing commander to start training.

Once a month and two weeks out of the year on annual tour, Beatriz Zapien leaves her civilian lifestyle to go to work for the Air Force Reserves at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville.

Zapien, who is in the nursing program at City College, is roughly 5-feet, 8-inches tall and has slender arms and legs. She is 21 years old, has shoulder-length chocolate-brown hair, light-brown eyes and a sweet smile that matches her giggly laugh.

Zapien weighs about 115 pounds, but that doesn’t stop her from performing as an airman with her 940th Force Support Squadron unit. She looks delicate on the outside, but can kick some butt if she has to. After all, she is competing in a man’s world where women are still a minority.

During her weekend commitment, Zapien and other flight members run, go to the gym for a couple of hours,…» Read More



Custodial conversation
By | Guest writer
Dec. 11, 2013

A FLEET OF SMALL “cone orange” trucks sits dormant outside the receiving area at City College as the custodial staff takes a mid-morning break.

This brick building near the center of campus houses the shipping and receiving dock, a handful of offices and a small break room where a quartet of men sit in creaky chairs and chat over snacks. These men serve as the stewards of the campus, tasked with maintaining the buildings and grounds.

City College custodian Harry Outlaw  has worked on campus for 39 years and will be retiring at the end of this year. He sits in the far corner with a grin lighting up his face.

“We keep the place clean and tidy, set up for various functions, and teardown,” says Outlaw as the other custodians in the room nod their assent. “We basically keep things running around here.”

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