Randy Hicks applauds at a City College men’s basketball game Feb. 21. Hicks has been attending games since 1998.

Panthers fan shows 16 years of pride

Bright lights reflect off hardwood floors, scoreboards and shot clocks light up, and the crowd anxiously anticipates the start of the game. The bleachers are filled with alumni, friends and family of players from both home and visiting teams, and fans of basketball. This is the typical scene for home games at City College.

And Randy Hicks, 49, is usually part of that scene, taking his place among the crowd of cheering fans. Hicks, who has been attending games since 1998, said he uses his love of sports and cheering for the many City College athletic programs as a form of therapy to help himself cope with a painful disability.

Most fans that come to the games at City College are currently students or alumni, but Hicks has never attended classes, nor does he have a relative that has. In fact, he has absolutely no connection to City College other than living the area.

“When I moved up the road I said, you know what? City’s here, this is my school. There’s a lot of history here,” said Hicks. “There’s a lot of history at Sac City.”

Professor of sign language studies Pat Masterson teaches class Jan. 30 silently by sign language. Teri Barth | Online Editor-in-chief |

Communicating with the world

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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Lending a hand

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.

Roberts’ family poses with Congressman Tom McClintock, Nathaniel Roberts, Edith Roberts, Joshua Roberts, Maggie Green,  at the Tuskegee Airman, "Spanky" Roberts Chapter, 72nd Anniversary Gala Education Assistance Fundraiser at the Aerospace Museum of California on Nov. 23rd.

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Tuskegee family continues to fly to new heights

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.

Harold Knox, City College English professor spends time in the library Nov. 21. Tamara M. Knox | Staff Photographer |

Stumbling onto success

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

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.

City College student Jacky Fu started playing Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the fifth grade and since then has been Yu-Gi-Oh! playing position.

Yu-Gi-Oh: Not just a card game

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…

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Lending a hand

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….