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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One step back, two steps forward
By | Guest Writer
May 9, 2013

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
By | Guest Writer
May 9, 2013

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 fields as a child. LaChica’s father planted and picked toma­toes in the fields. At the young age of 9, he joined his father in the tomato fields, working in the heat of the valley.

A City College counselor for more than 30 years, LaChica says he worked every job possible in and out of school but always appreciated “the value of a dollar” and all the hard work and obstacles that occurred just to earn a living. Growing up, LaChica says he never even dreamed of going to college or anything outside his daily world. He grew up a true Californian Chicano, born in the Imperial Valley and raised in the San Joaquin Valley.

But one day after a school official spoke to his brother about the option of being paid to attend college, LaChica was sold. Having originally majored in computer science, LaChica quickly realized he was definitely more of a people person who thrived on his interactions with others, so he changed his major to sociology. He graduated with a bachelor’s in sociology…» Read More

It’s OK to be a little different
By | Guest Writer
May 8, 2013

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 rotational pulls and vectors are affecting his mood, you’ll raise an eyebrow. Once he continues about how he tripped over his foot because he is quite clumsy, you will crack a smile.

Some say Michael Armstrong is a perfect combination of Screech and Steve Urkel. He does not prefer that comparison. He considers himself a knowledgeable gentleman. Everyone agrees Armstrong is unique.

Armstrong, 27, is in no way a conformist. He does not dress conventionally, he does not talk like anyone else, and he does not do what anyone else does. He is one of a kind.

After a few bumps, Armstrong is on a road to redemption. Some of Armstrong’s bumps include being discharged from the military, suspended from school and mourning the death of his mother.

“Education is everything to me,” Armstrong says. “It’s how I got my mother’s approval.” Armstrong, whose mother died at the beginning of April, slows his speech and lowers his head at the mention of his mother.

“She thought me to learn all I can,” Armstrong reminisces. “I’ll…» Read More

All the right stuff
By | Guest Writer
May 8, 2013

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 the foreground a slender man covers his neatly trimmed white hair with a baseball cap. He is deep in concentration as he examines the equipment’s buckles and straps and checks for cracks and possible dangers that would bring harm to the players.  Born with a hole in his heart and told he could not play physically demanding sports, Sacramento City College’s equipment technician Dave Whittington has nonetheless been part of the athletic family for 20 years.  Whittington underwent heart surgery when he was 5—a procedure that made him physically strong. Now, his love of sports is a theme throughout his life. He speaks fondly of the City College sports program and says, “A lot of our coaches are loyal.”

“I always loved football, always wanted to be around football,” remembers Whittington. “That’s what turned me into being a student equipment manager.” He personally fits shoulder pads and helmets to each player doing his part to keep the Panther football team safe. Though he takes care of all sports-related equipment, Whittington tends mostly to football because…» Read More

Add Just A Dash of Something Extra
By | Staff Writer
May 8, 2013

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, insisting he knew her, and backed off when Cassandra Wilson pulled out a knife. People often recognized her from the Subway in Greenhaven, where she used to work, but this time she felt harassed.

“I didn’t know I was in the wrong. I didn’t even know we had campus police,” says Wilson.

Wilson, now 27, recalls talking on the phone when campus police approached her and took her purse. In it, they found her knife. She was then arrested and taken to jail, where she remained for 36 hours. Wilson joked with police officers before bursting into tears.

“My mom’s gonna kill me,” Wilson cried with disappointment. She took anger management classes on campus shortly after the incident.

“I never went back [to jail],” says Wilson, who is now working on a certificate in the cosmetology program and A.S. transfer to California State University, Sacramento.

She is also studying American Sign Language, which she loves because it gives her the chance to help others, she says. Helping others is what she does daily on campus,…» Read More

This guy gives back to City College students
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 7, 2013

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.

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