future and has found a passion for baking. Photo by Emily Foley | Staff Photographer |

The way the cookie crumbles

The kitchen counters are covered with baking supplies. There are broken eggshells and empty food coloring bottles in the trash, as well as sugar scattered throughout the table and floors. Krista Colteaux is exhausted from trying what she thought would be fun, yet it has failed for the fifth time. Who knew it would be so difficult to make the ever-popular confectionary, a macaron?

Colteaux loves to cook, and as of recently has been dipping her hand into the mixing bowl of baked goods—literally. Everyone likes cookies and cupcakes, so she has been baking sweet treats for birthdays, events, and just to satisfy a craving.

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New captain on campus

City College’s new police captain, Chris Day, has transferred from American River College with 20 years of experience under his belt.

“The job is the same; the responsibility of campus safety is the same. It’s just a new location,” said Day.

Day isn’t the only one making a move. Currently, the Los Rios police captains are being rotated for professional development.

“[It’s] so that we know each others’ campuses, staffing and administration for safety concerns and emergencies,” Day explained.

Photo by Elizabeth Ramirez | Staff Photographer | elizabethramirezexpress

Acting out

Standing in the spotlight and speaking in front of a crowd of spectators can be terrifying, but Matt Miller is well rehearsed for performing in front of an audience at any venue.

After performing various roles on the theatrical stage at local and national venues, Miller now inhabits the role of a professor at the venue of City College.

When he is not playing characters like Ebenezer Scrooge or Friar Lawrence, Miller has been lecturing since summer 2013 on the “Introduction to Theater 300” class on campus.

City College professor David Wyatt keeps his pet snake, Mr Big, in his lab.

Biology professor takes hands on approach

A small convoy of four vehicles that carried nine people, climbed through the protected land of the eroded volcanic lava domes of the Sutter Buttes, and passed through several locked gates before it reached its destination.

David Wyatt, a City College field ecology professor and ringtail expert, led the convo. Every quarter mile or so, Wyatt gets out of the car to unlock each gate allowing each of the drivers through.

“This part of the land is owned by sheep herders,” Wyatt says after passing through the first two gates. “Be on the lookout for Fluffy. He might run up to the car at any moment.”

Adrian Elhman performing a card spring with his deck of cards at Espresso Metro April 23. Luisa Morco | Staff Photographer |

Making movie magic

Some people say making movies is magic, but what happens when a magician makes a movie?

City College student Adrian Ehlman is an aspiring film director. Ehlman got his start in filmmaking by performing magic when he was younger. He watched magician DVDs. He was captivated by the editing and quality of magicians’ products. An interest in magic eventually led to an interest in filmmaking.

Ehlman became interested in magic when he was just 5 years old. His dad did a coin trick, took the coin in his hand, blew on it and made it vanish. Ehlman swears he just saw a coin disappear into thin air, and it blew him away.

Photo courtesy of the Watts family.

A life led in pursuit of childhood education

Dr. Elvie C. Watts, child education advocate and educator left her mark on City College and many other places in her 97 years. She died March 29, leaving behind a legacy of working on behalf of early childhood education.

“She affected people’s lives,” says her daughter, Ethel Watts, a current student at City College. “She believed that all children should begin with a preschool education. She believed in supporting parents of preschool-aged children by sharing knowledge of the different stages of early childhood.”

Former City College student Cathy Speck speaks to professor Joanne Moylan-Aube's Psychology 390 class inside Temporary 6 March 10 about her struggles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and how she copes with death within her family. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to Elizabeth Ramirez | staff photographer |

Learning to love life

Legendary Yankees player Lou Gehrig is not only known for his triumphs as an all-time great first baseman, but also as a pioneer in raising awareness for the terminal disease that killed him in 1941.

“I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for,” said Lou Gehrig in 1939 during his goodbye speech at Yankees Stadium, explaining that even though his disease stopped him from playing baseball, he didn’t let it stop his love for life.

Lou Gehrig’s disease—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)–is a disease that gradually kills the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which control the muscles all over the body, eventually making it hard or impossible to walk, talk, eat, swallow or breathe. Most people diagnosed with the disease die within 3-5 years after the onset of symptoms, but in rare cases, people can live for much longer.

From left to right, Victor Sr., Victor Jr., and Gilbert Lagunas exercise in City College’s North Gym

Fitness: a family affair

Drops of sweat collect on the rubber-padded floors of the City College gym as Victor Lagunas Sr. approaches the 10-mile mark in his workout riding one of the schools stationary bicycles. Lagunas biked 13 miles on this day, one more than his usual 12.

At the 13-mile mark Lagunas stops. Momentum from the turning wheels carries his legs through a few more pedals until he comes to a rest. He takes the white gym towel draped around his neck and wipes the sweat from his thinning gray hair and forehead. His two sons, Victor Jr. and Gilbert—also wrapping up their workouts, come over to meet their 90-year-old father, as they have after every workout for more than a decade.

The Lagunas family’s tenure at City College spans over 50 years. Lagunas’ oldest son Victor Jr. attended classes in the mid-1960s, graduating with an associate’s degree. Lagunas’ three other children followed suit, each spending time at City College before transferring to four-year institutions.

City College volunteer Girtha Davis waits at Union Stadium's entrance gate March 1 to collect money and stamp the hands of spectators attending the game.

Photo by Staff Photographer | Dianne Rose |

Athlete makes career at City College

Girtha Davis has been a hard to miss fixture on campus since the late 1960s when she competed in basketball, softball, field hockey and track. She continues to be a daily presence even after retiring from the athletics department.

An accomplished athlete, Davis set the single game scoring record for City College women’s basketball, scoring 35 points in a game in 1968.

“I really enjoyed playing. My girls were the best,” said Davis of her teammates and her athletic career at City College.

Despite her storied playing career, Davis is known more for her presence off the court than on it.

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.”