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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Empowering youth to overcome challenges
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 6, 2013

Chris Robinson, 29, a student at City College who is majoring in interpersonal communications, says he is trying to fulfill a personal dream to provide mentoring to needy Sacramento. Robinson says he helps teens face their negativity, ignorance about being responsible for their actions and lack of positive self-image when he helps them recognize their own power of conscious choice.

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A new appreciation for life
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 6, 2013

IT BEGAN ON A relatively routine week in the fall of 2001 for City College philosophy Professor Lois Zeimet: She commuted to work, taught class, commuted home and went to bed. Little did she know that over the next few days she would join the over 200,000 women each year in the U.S. to be diagnosed with breast cancer and that her life would be forever changed.

The discovery came after Zeimet rolled into bed on a cold night and felt a surprising amount of pain and tenderness in her right breast, prompting her to investigate. The inspection exposed a strange mass in the breast. She feared the worst.

“I knew something was wrong,” Zeimet said.

The next day, when she awoke, the 45-year-old professor went about her day of scheduled classes, instructing her students as normal, all the while holding back a nagging trepidation.

After work she went directly to her doctor at the hospital at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield for examination.

There, she was given a battery of tests—blood tests, mammograms, an ultrasound, etc.—to determine what was going on and what action needed to be taken.

Her hopes that this had all been a false alarm…» Read More

Get your groove on
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 9, 2013

THE CITY COLLEGE JAZZ, Cheer and Stomp dance teams kicked off Fall Club Day with a bang Sept. 26, drawing a large crowd to the Quad with its performances of routines such as “SCC” and “Heyyy.”

The dance teams also gave these same opening performance earlier in the month as part of the school’s welcome back festivities.

“It was a blast being able to pump up the crowd and really rise the spirit on campus,” says, Jasmine Cooper, a member of the Cheer team.

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Wrestling with attitude
By | Staff writer
Oct. 9, 2013

Little boys wrestle. It’s what they do.

From adolescence through high school, they grapple, tackle, and take each other down. And, every now and then, one will grow up to actually become a wrestler.

Such is the story of City College sophomore wrestler Alex Chambers, a graduate of Chico High School; a wrestler who has achieved success despite being born without a right hand.

According to Chambers, his mother raised him not to consider himself disabled. In fact, Chambers says having one hand doesn’t discourage him from being active.

“You’ve just got to stay positive and think in a more positive direction than think of it as a negative,” says Chambers. “My mom, she never looked at it as a disability or a handicap; it was just like I was different or something like that. So we pursued everything like I was just one of the kids.”

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The sweet sound of silence
By | Staff Writer
Sept. 11, 2013

Turn off your voice. Speak with your hands. Exclaim with your eyes. Express with your body. Listen with your heart.

These are the rules for City College professor Kevin Clark’s classroom.

Clark is deaf, but not silent. He quietly conducts his class by weaving elements of deaf culture into the vibrant dialect that is American Sign Language, helping his students to understand the rich and sometimes tragic history of his community.

Clark, 45, an active guy, who just happens to be deaf, enjoys cycling and hiking. He has taught A.S.L at City College for 10 years. He has also traveled the world, including Europe, South Africa, Venezuela and Japan.

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