City College sophomore Alex Chambers is a star wrestler with a disability that may have hindered most people. Chambers never saw himself as anything but normal and with the support of family and coaches, he has gone on to compete at a college level. To see the extended version of this story, check out the print version of the Express.
Two City College students take their music to new heights and manage to find a break from urban life by hiding behind the lattice of branches and leaves.
Mary and Charlie Sand spend most of their free time suspended high above the ground on web-like structures inside trees. Charlie has built over a dozen rope tree houses in trees from Sacramento to San Francisco, and more and more local people are joining in to play music or just relax cocooned inside the canopy of some of the tallest trees within city limits, after all Sacramento is known as the “City of Trees”.
Sac City Express staff photographer JD Villanueva interviewed several City College students and faculty in the Quad for their reactions to the public demonstration by Project Truth, a pro-life advocacy group.
The Project Truth demonstration featured signs depicting graphic and bloody images of human fetuses, which drew a variety of reactions from students and faculty.
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Music professor Matthew Grasso knew since he first held a guitar that playing the instrument was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Feeling creatively suffocated during his music education Grasso mediated to remove the unnecessary from his music which lead to the creation of guitars that went beyond the parameters of a regular six-string guitar.
“I think for over the past 10 years I’ve worked rather extensively on the design of these guitars, refining them [and] understanding what they’re about and I feel that this has set the tone for what I have to accomplish for the rest of my life,” say Grasso.
Photography professor Autumn Payne’s favorite subject to capture with her camera are human interest stories. She believes her natural curiosity helps tie human emotion from picture or video to her want to learn about people.
In addition to teaching photojournalism at City College, Payne is a writer and photographer for a weekly column in the Sacramento Bee called, “I CARE”, where volunteers in the community are celebrated for doing good things.
A self described introvert, Frank Gallardo believes music has layers of meanings to self expression.
Gallardo plays a variety of instruments from guitar, keyboards, to a bass he inherited from a church that nobody played. He learned how to play keyboards from taking music theory where he had to play basic chords.
Gallardo is currently taking intermediate guitar for the fourth time, refining his ability to play classical playing styles, how to read music, and how to play scales.
“It’s been a fascinating class because we do a little recital at the end of every semester,” says Gallardo. “It kind of pushes you to do your best and play well.”
Gallardo’s dream is to play in a band that plays a variety of music and continues his education in City College looking to make connections that will help him follow his dream.
Angelica Garcia is a City College student who practices Aztec dance that has been passed down from generation to generation. Garcia became interested in Aztec dance at six-years-old, introduced by her older sister as they danced in La Guadalupe in south side park.
“When I dance, I feel so much energy in me with the beat of the drum,” says Garcia.
Garcia says that dancing has taught her respect, especially for her elders, which she believes her generation is losing respect for.
“We need to be happy from where we come from, [and] who we come from.” says Garcia.