Keeping education front and center
By | Staff Writer
May 7

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) paid a visit to the City College Student Center Monday afternoon to share his connection to the community college system and answer questions from students.

“The first time I came here, I was 12. My mom signed me up for a little baseball camp in the summer,” McCarty said. “So I’ve been coming here a long time.”

McCarty said he attended American River College and eventually transferred to CSU, Long Beach, for a degree in political science. He came back to the Capitol to start the beginning of a career in politics. After working at the Capitol for several years, he decided to get a master’s degree from Sacramento State, but he needed a prerequisite — which he received at City College.

McCarty was re-elected November 2014 as a representative of California Assembly District 7, which encompasses parts of the Sacramento metropolitan area, according to his website. Before serving on the California State Assembly, McCarty was a Sacramento city councilmember, representing District 6, which includes part of the eastern and southeastern parts of the city. He went back to work at the Capitol and continued to tackle problems with higher education, including the cost.

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May 6

In September 2012 Gov. Jerry Brown had signed the Student Success Act of 2012, setting a 90-unit cap that changes the way priority registration is assigned.

The 90-unit cap went into effect for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Kim Goff, City College admissions and records supervisor.

“The 90-unit limit is one component of a comprehensive effort to assist students in early planning and goal completion,” Goff said.

As a result, City College students may notice warnings recent emails in their Los Rios Gmail accounts about the Act’s 90-unit cap, which could affect their financial aid and priority registration.

The notices detail how the new registration tiers are organized. One of the changes described is that students with more than 90 completed units will lose

their priority registration dates and be allowed only to register for classes on open enrollment dates.

However, students are able to appeal their priority change, said Goff.

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Parched California
By | Staff Writer
May 5

People across California are facing new emergency water regulation rules issued by Gov. Jerry Brown, and like the rest of the state, City College is implementing new features to help conserve water during the historic drought.

According to the governor’s office, California is in the fourth year of one of the state’s worst droughts in the past century. Even worse, many scientists surmise this could just be the beginning of a mega-drought, defined as extreme dry spells that can last for a decade or longer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Emergency water regulations issued by the governor have set water conservation goals for cities across the state. Sacramento will have to conserve 28 percent of normal water usage this year, or pay a hefty fine.

The governor’s office is also suggesting increasing fines from $500 for residential water wasters to $10,000 and giving local municipalities the power to enforce these fines if they don’t already have it.

City College and its sister colleges are no exception.

Vice President of Administrative Services Laduan Smedley said the Los Rios Community College District is doing a number of things to help conserve water, and to change the way it…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 24

City Theatre is hosting its Playwright Festival 2015 with eight railroad-inspired plays beginning April 24 and continuing through May 17 in the Art Court Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. The plays are performed by students, directed by faculty and former students and written by local playwrights.

“Many of the playwrights have written for us before, both for The Playwright’s Festival in previous years and the 29 ½ Hour Playwriting Festival,” said Adrienne Sher, City College Theater Arts professor and City Theatre director.

The eight plays will be divided into two sets of four, with performances for Evening A on April 24, May 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and April 26, May 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.

The second set of performances for Evening B will take place April 25, May 1, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 30, May 9 and 10 at 2 p.m.

Evening A:

A Fine Day for Backgammon by Kayla Willet and Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin

Ben and Karbie Wait for the A Train by Juan Antonio Ramos

Laertes and Sophy by Coleman Daniel

Reincarnation Station by Donya Wicken

Evening B:

Rails on the Rocks by Zack Sapunor

Connections by Frank…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 23

Did you know math is used in poetry and in advertising?

The focus of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month is how math drives careers, like writing poems and creating ads. City College math students have created a series of displays around campus, showcasing how mathematics is used in sports, fashion, physiology, music, advertising, nursing, robotics, poetry and other careers. Each display introduces a particular field, highlights its development and shows a series of visual examples of the application of mathematics within that field.

In one display titled “Mathematical Ideas In Advertising,” by advertising major Lauren Anderson, the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence are strategically used in the development of brand logos. Although these logos appear simple, the application of the ratio and the sequence make the logos quite memorable — the main idea behind good advertising.

In other fields such as fashion, mathematics is applied more intensively. It is used to create accurate measurements, grade rules or the amount a pattern piece should be increased or decreased for a company’s size specification and the amount of fabric required for each garment among many other things.

Every year in April, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics sponsors the awareness month…» Read More

By | News Editor
April 22

The student government at City College, consisting of the Student Associated Council and the Clubs and Events Board, will hold its annual election April 14 and 15 to choose a new slate of officers for 2015-16.

Students planning to run in the election must complete and turn in their supplemental forms by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The forms can be found at

According to Kim Beyrer, coordinator for student leadership and development, students who plan to attend City College during the 2015 -2016 school year are encouraged to run for office and vote during the election period.

Beyrer said that both SAC and CAEB are seeking student candidates who excel in student advocacy and coordination to fill all positions.

“The Clubs and Events Board and the Student Senate, both a part of the Student Associated Council, are a great way to meet new people and have fun while working to serve your fellow students,” said Beyrer. “Members gain invaluable experience shaping the campus culture and representing students that reflects highly for transfer, scholarship and job applications.”

According to Pia Lomboy, secretary of public relations for SAC, beyond well-earned, resume-worthy experience, student government offers a challenging, worthwhile and rewarding…» Read More

Making the big leap to four-year universities
By | Staff Writer
April 22

More than 800 students are expected to transfer from City College to UCs and CSUs this fall—a good number, according to the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness office.

But while transferring is usually the goal for many students attending community college, City College Transfer Center Director Shannon Gilley said that if a student is ill-prepared, the task might be more tedious than necessary.

“The first step,” Gilley said, “starts on day one.”

Grades count, and while potential transfer students may not feel the pressure of a college application weighing on them, if they don’t count classroom performance as a top priority, Gilley said their options may be limited in the future.

“Students will often come to me and say, ‘What GPA should I get?’ and I’ll say, ‘Get the best GPA that you can,’” Gilley said. “Everything you’re doing now is leading up to the goal.”

Every student needs to begin by meeting with a counselor, Gilley said, either before or after setting up an Individual Student Education Plan, also known as an ISEP, which can be done with a counselor or independently.

Gilley said the classes students take will vary depending on the college or university they plan on…» Read More

City College on the march
By | Staff Writer
April 22

It was the hottest March 19 on record for Sacramento with a high of 81 degrees, but that didn’t stop about 60 people — many clad in pink — from circling the Hughes Stadium track beneath the noonday sun.

City College President Kathryn Jeffery and Los Rios Community College District trustee Pamela Haynes led the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in honor of Women’s History Month, in cooperation with the Susan G. Komen organization. The event brought together a group of people diverse in age, race and gender.

“We wanted to do something that would be meaningful for everyone. Most of us have family or friends who’ve been affected by breast cancer,” said Victoria Henderson, Cultural Awareness Center coordinator at City College.

According to Henderson, a lot of college staff were walking in honor of Maxine Phillips, a former counselor who battled breast cancer and died in 2008, after retiring from her position in 2006.

A tree near Rodda Hall North honors Phillips and her work, and Henderson said there is a scholarship in her name as well for women who have had breast cancer or have family members who’ve had it.

Jeffery, who walked four laps around the track, said,…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 22

City College is conducting a survey to gauge the opinions of the community in regards to the designated smoking areas recently mandated in fall 2014.

Students, faculty and administration of City College have a chance to share their opinion on the recent changes to campus. The survey takes you through a short page of questions.

The process is brief, simple and helpful to the school as they look to improve the health of their community. To participate, go to

Designated smoking areas were created after a formal complaint was filed against the school regarding second-hand smoke and cigarette waste. The solution was to designate out-of-the-way areas of City College to dampen the impact of smoke on the community.

Regulation mandates that there will be no smoking in any campus facilities. In addition, all smoking must be conducted 30 feet or more from any door, entrance/exit, window or air duct.

The initiative has received public praise in the form of an award from the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for implementing a total of eight smoking spots throughout the Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis campuses.

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By | Social Media Editor
April 22

City College is joining over 1 billion people in celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this week in the main quad with two days full of games, music, ice cream and more.

Usually celebrated on April 22, City College decided to begin the festivities a day early, April 21, in order for all students to have an opportunity to attend. This year’s celebration features vendors from around the state to help educate students on being environmentally friendly.

There will be informational booths set up in the quad by company vendors SMUD, Bel Air, City College’s own Art Club and many more. There will be additional booths set up with activities and presentations on the new laws regarding plastic bag use.

An organic beauty products booth is displaying native California plants and will have products for sale that are made with 100% natural ingredients.

The celebrations took place on April 21 and will continue April 22 in the main quad from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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