By | Staff Writer
March 26

A Christian mother and her atheist daughter, a street preacher, and a philosophy student looking for some extra credit…walk into a bar. Well, in this case, they walk into a debate.

The “Jesus Debate” between Christian writer and filmmaker John Christy and atheist author Dave Fitzgerald March 25 in the City College Student Center focused on sources that claimed whether or not Jesus Christ existed. David Smalley of Dogma Debate acted as moderator, and occasional comic relief, during the debate, sponsored as a collaboration between the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Secular Student Alliance.

One of the listeners who happened upon the debate was Alin Patania, who was on campus to return somebody’s phone before the debate began.

“I saw the flier in the library,” said Patania a Christian, “and it drew me. I just had to be here.”

But Patania was not the only Christian at the debate. Moderator Smalley took a quick poll of the audience with almost half identifying themselves as Christians and the other half as athiests. More than 200 people attended the event.

During the debate, Christy and Fitzgerald were given time for an opening statement. Both men presented evidence to prove their points, mentioning…» Read More

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March 23

A debate regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ will be held March 25 in the Student Center.

The debate will be between Christian writer and filmmaker John Christy and atheist author David Fitzgerald. Moderated by David Samlley of Dogma Debate, the event was organized as a joint effort by Sacramento City College’s Secular Student Alliance and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the debate will begin at 6 p.m. An audience Q&A will follow soon after.

Admission is free for all Los Rios students and employees with a valid ID. Otherwise, general admission is $3 at the door. The event will also be broadcasted live online at

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Feb. 27

Three new paid parking kiosks were added in January to the second, third and fourth floors of the parking structure at City College with a payment option for credit cards.

The machines are an upgraded version of the older parking machines still located in the south lot, west lot and north lot. Nine daily parking machines are now available for students, according to Jinky Lampano, a City College police sergeant for the Los Rios Community College District.

“The old machines were very finicky when it rained,” said Lampano.

The machines were exposed to the elements and didn’t print out the permits properly in wet weather, he said.

“Also the bill acceptors were compromised during the rainy season because [the machines don’t] like wet dollar bills,” said Lampano. In addition, the coin slots were easily jammed when he said students used sticky coins.

Lampano said that having a credit card option in the new kiosk machines is beneficial for students because there are now three options for students to pay for parking passes.

The new parking machines are located on the southwest corner of the parking structure near the elevators and stairwell. Students and visitors may purchase tickets for $2, which…» Read More

Pedestrian bridge under construction
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 15

Construction of a new $10.2 million pedestrian bridge is underway at City College. The bridge will connect the school with the new Curtis Park Village east of campus by spanning the train and light rail tracks. Slated for completion this summer, the bridge will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, according to the City of Sacramento.

“The construction will require the closure of the access road behind the parking structure and around the back of the campus,” said City College’s public information officer Rick Brewer in a January email. “The road will be closed throughout the spring semester.”

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee last fall, the 174-foot bridge will be built off-site and transported in several pieces City College,. The bridge parts will be assembled next to the tracks and hoisted by a crane onto its foundations.

The bridge’s design will evoke the railyard’s history.

“It’s light and airy and has a bit of an industrial, antique look to it,” said city project manager Ofelia Avalos in The Bee article. “We could have built a boring pedestrian bridge like you see all over, but we wanted this to be iconic, that would attract people and encourage people to…» Read More

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Feb. 8

Take a fun 12-week course Feb. 27-May 15

“Race and Gender in the Media”

JOURNALISM 320, 3 Units (Course #20907) at the West Sacramento Center, Fridays only, 9-1:30 p.m.

Fulfills general ed, multicultural, and IGETC requirements AND discusses issues that matter.

Taught by local journalist and professor Kel Munger at the accessible West Sac Center, corner of West Capitol and Jefferson, next to a convenient RT hub; plenty of parking.

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By | Sports Editor
Feb. 8

Sacramento Republic FC has announced it will play against the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos Feb. 28 at Hughes Stadium.

The 2014 USL Pro champion Republic FC will face the 2013 NASL champion Cosmos in a friendly before the start of the regular season.

The Republic started the 2014 campaign with its first home games at Hughes Stadium, including three sold-out matches of over 21,000 in attendance.

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Los Rios district passes on four-year degrees
By | Editor-In-Chief
Feb. 4

Fifteen California community colleges have obtained initial approval to begin four-year programs offering bachelor’s degrees in fields ranging from airframe manufacturing technology to mortuary science.

The programs were submitted for approval by the Community College Board of Governors Jan. 20, and the final decision for the pilot programs is expected to come in March. California will be the 20th state with community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees. These bachelor’s degrees are estimated to cost about $10,000, according to a press release from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office, and are in majors not offered by the California State University or University of California systems.

Some of the programs that have begun the approval process are in fields in which Los Rios colleges have certificates or degrees available. However, the Los Rios Community College District did not apply for these four-year programs.

“The focus on the baccalaureate degrees was based on immediate regional needs, and we are still evaluating those needs,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King.

The district is careful when considering expanding its purview, according to King. “We already do so much,” he said. “From basic skills to certificates to associate’s degrees, we want to be cautious in expanding our mission.”

“The decision to nominate and push…» Read More

City College receives $100K anonymous donation
By | Staff Writer
Jan. 23

City College received an anonymous charitable donation of $100,000 during the winter recess.

The funds were specifically designated for student scholarships, according to Executive Director of College Advancement Mary Leland.

City College has received other large donations in the past – the largest being $1.75 million from a bequest, according to Leland – but the $100,000 donation is significant.

“For a cash gift from a live donor, that’s very important. And we were very excited to get it,” said Leland.

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By | Staff Writer
Dec. 18, 2014

The student associated college’s came together this fall with the Clubs and Events Board after working separately for two years with an agenda of new and old resolutions, beginning with the return of homecoming week.

Current PR Senator Lincoln Scott and Senator Pia Lomboy said that the fall semester is a time when SAC join forces, working to understand individual positions and pass resolutions.

In the spring semester the Senate begins to work on implementing the resolutions. “The main goal is to make sure all the students — and every kind of students’ — needs are met,” said Scott.

According to Frankie Jones, former public relations senator for SAC, this fall started strong after restructuring in the student government created confusion in 2012.

Jones said, “I think this board has been amazingly successful in getting in order because we have a bunch of new senators that are straight out of high school, and when I have been on the board, it has been really dysfunctional. And I have seen this board getting some really good work done.”

According to Jones, a major setback in the student government was a decision by the Board of Governors in 2012 declaring that the student…» Read More

City College gets Condom Connection
By | Editor-in-Chief
Dec. 15, 2014

“PROTECT YOUR PANTHER,” the logo reads on the “Condom Connection” safe-sex golf cart expected to be in service at City College for the spring semester. The specially designed golf cart donated by the Capitol City AIDS Fund to City College will provide condoms along with information on safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

At a World AIDS Day memorial event held Dec. 1 at Faces nightclub in midtown, City College Vice President of Instruction Mary Turner accepted keys to the golf cart on behalf of President Kathryn Jeffrey.

“The cart will be an engaging fun way to open up a discussion with our students on a serious topic that is not always easy to discuss,” Turner said.

The donation of the safe-sex cart was coordinated by students in City College Professor Patty Blomberg’s Human Sexuality class as part of their service learning project, according to Rick Brewer, public information officer for City College.

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