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Not just a flu season anymore
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 14

Every year the fall signals many things, but with the beginning of colder weather on the horizon many Americans are affected directly or indirectly by a not-so-festive bug called the flu. As if the flu and cold season wasn’t precarious enough, 2014 has seemingly added another possible threat to people’s health: the arrival of the Ebola virus.

Recent reports in Maine about nurse Kaci Hickox refusing to abide by a quarantine after returning from aid work in West Africa have added fuel

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Sunspot and rare partial solar eclipse viewed on campus
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 1

Students witnessed the largest sunspot in almost a quarter-century on Oct. 23 while viewing a rare partial solar eclipse through powerful telescopes from the Physics, Astronomy and Geology Department.

“It’s the largest [sunspot] I’ve ever seen,” said said City College astronomy coordinator and professor of astronomy Liam McDaid.

The phenomonal sunspot named AR12192 is the largest in 24 years and created solar flares intense enough to interfere with global communication systems according to the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Sunspots are areas on the sun where intense magnetic fields are moving. Sunspot AR12192 is about 80,000 miles wide. The sunspot is 10 times the width of Earth and just shy of the width of Jupiter. It appears through a telescope as a light region with a dark spot near the center.

“You can see shifting magnetic fields that appear as lines when looking through the h-alpha [telescope],” said McDaid.

Students initially gathered at the Mohr Hall courtyard to see a partial solar eclipse. The moon blocked an entire 40 percent of the sun during the eclipse at about 3:27 p.m.

“It doesn’t really happen that often,” student Philo Kwan said about the  eclipse.

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Staying ahead of the transfer curve
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 1

November is a busy month for any college student. Not only do students need to get their grades in order before the fall semester comes to a close, but it is also time for students who are looking to transfer to a UC or CSU next fall, to make sure their applications are completed and submitted by the upcoming Nov. 30 deadline.

The City College Transfer Center has a plethora of resources available for students to take advantage of. Not only does the center have staff members available to help students plan for their academic future, but it is also hosting a number of events aimed to help students make educated decisions about

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Obituary: LRPD Sgt. Alex Montoya, 54, trained fellow officers to connect with the community
By | Online Editor-in-Chief
Oct. 30

Alex Montoya, a 15-year veteran of the Los Rios Police Department who was known for his caring attitude and enthusiastic service, died Oct. 23 of brain cancer, said LRPD Chief Cheryl Sears. He was 54.

“I constantly got positive feedback about Officer Montoya,” said City College Police Capt. Valerie Cox. “He really cared about people. He never thought of anybody as ‘calls.’”

Mr. Montoya began his career with LRPD as an officer for the Sacramento City College

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New Allied Health facilities on the horizon
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 24

Two City College Allied Health and physics buildings constructed in 1963 are overdue for renovation, according to campus officials, who are optimistic that the $14.95 million rebuild of Mohr Hall and the $22.2 million renovation of Lillard Hall will begin by 2017.

City College Operations Director Greg Hayman said that although the budgets are already set for these projects, funding has not become fully available, possibly delaying the

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Making law school accessible
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 24

City College, often cited as one of the most diverse campuses in the region, has been chosen out of 112 community colleges in the state to participate in a new program, “Pathways to Law School,” beginning in 2015.

City College, among 23 other community colleges in California, was selected for the new law school pilot program, facilitated in association with the California State Bar Council and California’s higher education facilities.

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A sign of the Cultural Awareness Center.
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 22

As part of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the City College Cultural Awareness Center will host a workshop on the subject Friday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop’s goal is to explore the pain of abuse and to provide resources in the community to help victims survive, cope, heal and grow, according to Tamara Knox of the Cultural Awareness Center.

The workshop will create an environment to discuss healthy relationships for both men and women who may have experienced

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Light Rail Blue Line closed this weekend
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 16

The Light Rail Blue Line will be closed between the Watt/I-80 and St. Rose of Lima Park stations from 8 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 through the close of service on Sunday, October 19, 2014. The Blue Line will resume its regular schedule on Monday, October 19, 2014.

The Blue Line will be temporarily suspended so Regional Transit can upgrade its communication system with fiber-optic cables.

RT will provide special shuttle buses at bus stops near the following stations: Watt/I-80, Roseville Road, Marconi/Arcade, Swanston, Royal Oaks, Arden/Del Paso, Globe, Alkali Flat/La Valentina, 12th & I and St. Rose of Lima Park.

No shuttle buses will be provided at the Watt/I-80 West or Cathedral stations.

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Susurrus extends submission deadline
By | Managing Editor
Oct. 15

City College’s literary journal, Susurrus, has extended the deadline for submission to its 21st edition to Oct. 20, 2014. The journal will be published in spring 2015. Current and former students are encouraged to share works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and visual art for consideration.

Desired Content: Works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art

Eligibility: Current or former students of City College

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