Opinion

Making the second half of life count
By | Contributing Writer
Sept. 16

I learned many valuable lessons while growing up as a child and teenager in a dysfunctional household. One of the most important lessons I learned is how to be a compassionate and caring person toward others, and not to judge or hate others for their circumstances.

Since I spent the first half of my life discovering my own purpose in life. I would like to spend the second half of my life working toward helping others and giving back to my community. My career goal is to become a Registered Nurse, and I would like to work in a

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By |
Sept. 12

In 1970 students at Sacramento City College staged a non-violent protest to the Vietnam War. For two days the students occupied campus offices and buildings, forcing the administration to cancel classes. By itself, the students’ occupation did not prompt the end of American involvement in Vietnam, but their voices along with voices of other students across the country became part of a national shout that could no longer be dismissed by America’s politicians. And while we do not necessarily advocate campus occupations, we do admire the stand taken by the student body of 1970.

As we settle in for the fall semester, we cannot help but reflect on our college’s past and today’s current events. It was a long, hot, sad and angry summer news cycle. From another school-related mass shooting by a mentally ill gunman to the riots and protests following the shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white police officer—from the tales of immigrant children seeking sanctuary on our south-western borders to the images of rockets flaring in the night sky over Gaza—from the beginning of a new American military presence in Iraq to the brutal execution of two American journalists by terrorists—the stories retold…» Read More



Campus solicitors are not unlike cockroaches
By | Staff Writer and Advertising Manager
Sept. 10

There’s a very annoying, demanding and guilt-tripping bunch on campus. No, they’re not our professors, they’re the petitioners, who skulk around campus and bother you to no end to get just one signature.

People often find salesmen or people who work for cable companies as the most annoying human beings to roam the planet. If people wish to cancel their cable subscription, the company will have someone question the dissatisfied customer, until the poor and worn-out customer finally caves in and changes his mind.

Cable companies deserve credit, though. They don’t guilt-trip people or insult them for not wasting most of their paychecks on cable.

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Demographics can lose sight of individual student
By | Editorial Staff
May 14

A City College student received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke award, one of only 85 nationally to receive the scholarship. A former RISE student earns her Ph.D. A student with a disability holds an art show. These are just a few of the individual student success stories chronicled in this edition of the Express, the last issue of 2013-2014 academic year.

Throughout this semester and through the history of this college many similar stories have gone unreported. The individual stories of the successes at City College are vast and would be impossible to cover in one campus paper. Likewise, graduation or transfer rates and other data used to determine if a community college is successful do not include individual triumphs or personal milestones of its students.

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By | Staff Writer
May 9

It only took me six months to go from being overweight and out of shape to being in great condition because of exercise, so when I heard that City College President Kathryn Jeffery started a campaign called “Come Walk with Me,” I immediately jumped on the opportunity to walk and share the experience with her.

I was the poster boy for how to be overweight and out of shape. I overate and spent almost all of my time indoors.

As well as I got along with people in high school, it was still embarrassing to be around people who were physically fit while I was a bucket of grease. Toward the end of my freshman year, my entire class of over 100 people tested to see how long each person could run five laps. I finished dead last.

Two years ago in my senior year, I found myself in need of P.E. credits, so I was told to go out and get eight hours of exercise per week. From then on, I started walking one to two hours every day. I lost 60 pounds and got into tremendous physical shape in just five months.

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City Scene
By | Associate Editor
May 8

The front page headline of the April 28 Sacramento Bee boldly claimed, “Sacramento performing arts center could be next big-ticket item for city.” The article, by Hudson Sangree and Edward Ortiz, describes the debate over renovating the Community Center Theater, a tremendous and ugly cement block of a building at 13th and L streets, or starting fresh and constructing a new, state-of-the-art performing arts center.

The existing theater needs about $11 million in renovations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. An accompanying facelift for the theater has been proposed for $52 million.

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By | Staff Writer
May 4

“That’s just what happens at parties.” A rape victim’s friend gave her this reason as why the victim’s rapist attacked. The submission was written on a piece of cardboard and held up to the camera for Project Unbreakable, a website for rape victims to confront their past.

Another submission, written on a piece of lined paper and held up by a tattooed young man, told the camera what his rapist had told him: “This is how men learn to be men.”

These statements are more than just acts of awareness by rape victims. These statements serve to heighten awareness of what today’s generation calls ‘rape culture.’

However, some have countered recently that there is no such thing as rape culture.

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City Scene
By | Associate Copy Editor
April 27

Whether a writer is seeking it or not, there is a degree of anonymity in authorship.



And it takes courage to peek out from behind written pages and share one’s works aloud. Authors find themselves on a stage facing a crowd, a book held in shaking hands, and wondering how they’re going to make it through.



But, for those willing to step away from the shadows and into the spotlight, open mics and reading events can be very rewarding.

“It gives an opportunity to students to share their work in ways that’s more than just on a page,” says Dr. Steve Cirrone, a City College English professor and adviser for the school’s annual literary journal, Susurrus.

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