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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By | Staff Writer
Oct. 24

Cit 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.

The program is based on a “2+2+3” model. The first two years of the program will begin at the community college level, the next two will be at the university level, and the

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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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A telescope from the City College Observatory.
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 22

There will be a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“For a partial [solar eclipse], it’s interesting to see something blocking the sun,” said City College astronomy coordinator and professor of astronomy Liam McDaid.

Students can view the eclipse through an h-alpha telescope and a sunspotter at the Mohr Hall courtyard.

McDaid said the peak of the eclipse will occur at about 3:15 p.m. when the sun will be about 40 percent blocked.

The h-alpha telescope has a special filter that allows

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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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By | News Editor
Oct. 10

Statistics show that black men are falling behind in academic achievement and in setting and meeting personal and career goals.

In response to the learning gap that disproportionately impacts black men, the Higher Attainment thru Wisdom and Knowledge (HAWK) Institute hopes to understand and reverse the negative trend by o ering leadership, tutoring and  nancial education to black men.

Dr. Charles Ratli , Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education and Policy Analysis and a HAWK Institute co-founder, researched the needs of black communities during the planning phase of the institute which has been in operation for just over two months.

“We kept looking at all the statistics out there starting with student pro – ciency scores in the California public schools,” said Ratli . “And black males were the lowest performing group of all identi ed students. Even with English, born in America, they [young black men] had lower pro ciencies than immigrants coming into the public schools.”

Founded by black community leaders, educators and entrepreneurs, HAWK Institute, based in Sacramento, is committed to increasing the opportunities available to young black men. According to Ratli , the institute aims to inspire self-con dence and provide support to young black…» Read More

Enrollment rules change
By | Contributing Editor
Oct. 8

Community college has traditionally been a place of exploration and discovery when it comes to students finding what they want to do with their lives, but in today’s world that traditional institution is quickly changing because of new policies and rules coming down from government and district officials, including the loss of priority registration for some students.

Those policy changes can make getting a quality education, finishing one’s degree or transferring to an upper-division campus more difficult for some students. This is the case for Gavin Fielder, president of the City College Clubs and Events Board and mechanical engineering major.

According to City College Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Debra Luff—in compliance with the Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456)—any student who is on academic or progress probation

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By | Staff Writer
Sept. 27

Students who fund public speaking daunting, whether in front of a crowd, at a job interview, or just in passing conversation, have an opportunity to attend a free workshop specifically aimed at developing communication skills.

The workshop, “Building Self Confidence Through Communication and Conversation,” created by 16-year Toastmaster veteran Jackie Bates, will return to City College for a second year Thursday, Sept. 25, at noon in the Cultural Awareness Center.

Bates said she is looking forward to returning to City College after the success her workshop had at the campus last year.

“The program helps you sell yourself — for the job, for life,” Bates said, “I’m here to help. My gift is encouragement.”

Tamara Knox, student assistant at the Cultural Awareness Center, said she attended Bates’ workshop last year.

“I recommend her workshop to anyone and everyone because her information is invaluable,” said Knox, “It’s not just about public speaking — it’s about communication in general.”

Bates said she is shocked by the number of people between the ages of 20 and 40 who lack communication skills The use of interjections are constantly heard because people don’t know how to use their voices confidently and assertively in conversation.

“A lot…» Read More