Love letter to a trailer
By | Journalism Professor
May 20

Editor’s note: The Journalism Department will open in the fall in the new Student Services building and professor Jan Haag reflects on what that move means.

Back near the end of the last century, when the journalism department moved out here, you were called P-26—“P” for “portable”—though you’d been on this spot for a long time by then. That confused Ginny McReynolds and me, who at the time made up the entire journalism department faculty of City College. Did that mean there were 25 other portables on campus? We could maybe find eight or 10 others at that point, including the one next door, which was P-25 then. P-25 and 26 had been used as the campus child care center for I don’t know how long before the kids got their own brick building to the north of the portables.

I will never forget walking inside you for the first time. Ginny and I looked around, amused at the inner doors with the knobs two feet from the tops so little hands couldn’t reach them. And, in the large room on the north end of the building, along the west wall, three small, close-to-the-floor potties sat like flower pots. We…» Read More

Campus solicitors are not unlike cockroaches
By | Staff Writer and Advertising Manager
Sept. 10, 2014

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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By | SCC Panthers' head football coach
March 12, 2014

Re: Out on the field (Express, Feb. 25)

My name is Dannie Walker, head football coach at Sacramento City College. I am writing a personal statement to clarify the lack of accuracy in a story a student reporter published in the Sac City Express Volume 98 Issue 8. The article was in regards to openly gay athletes in sports and, more specifically, former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay.

I am disheartened that what I said to the student reporter was not accurately published in the article, and he failed to write any positive comments I gave him. The student reported that I refused to comment on whether my program is accepting of openly gay athletes, quoting me as saying “It’s really not something I want to talk about.” This is simply incorrect. I did, in fact, comment, but clearly not to the student reporters’ satisfaction.

When asked about Michael Sam’s decision to announce his sexual preference to America, I stated, “I am happy he did that.”

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COMMENTARY: An arrow to the butt... something else on your face
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 13, 2013

The history of Valentine’s Day is about as boring as listening to your friend tell you what he got from his significant other as a gift on Valentine’s Day.

In a nutshell, of the three possible saints for whom the day could be named, the popular conception is that it’s a remembrance of a priest who defied an emperor and performed marriage ceremonies for young men and women around the third century.

You’re officially up to speed.

Now that the formalities are over with, I’ll jump right to my premise: Valentine’s Day is for saps.

If that statement offends you, it’s because you’ve been conditioned to believe that Feb. 14 holds some sort of mystical, romantic relevance above and beyond any other date on the calendar. You’ve let Hallmark and Russell Stover trick you into wasting what little money you’re currently earning on cardboard and high fructose corn syrup in an empty attempt to convince someone, whom you presumably already love, that you love them that much more.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, honey. Here are some words someone else wrote and a big, heart-shaped box full of dark chocolate ’make me fat’ pills.”

Nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who…» Read More

Why Does Hoos Always Lose?
By | Social Media Editor
Feb. 7, 2013

As the world turns, we see an ever- growing decrease in funding for college education. And a school’s decrease in funding simply means the students’ increase in tuition costs. In 2002, California voters allocated $265 million to Los Rios Community Colleges to be used for updated facilities, according to the CA Investment Advisory Commission: “Proposition 39 authorizes bonds for repair, construction or replacement of school facilities and classrooms.”

The measure allowed for recent multi-million dollar renovations to City College, including a $13 million dollar modernization of Hughes Stadium. City College has also spent millions on updated facilities, including the Performing Arts Center and the Fischbacher Fine Arts Building.

City College expects student-athletes to enroll in a full load of classes to go along with their extensive training regimens, and school administrators should reciprocate that level of investment to all its team members.

If you’ve been to a water polo game recently, however, you’d see that lack of reciprocation in the tiny broken pixels of the Hoos Pool scoreboard. If the school asks so much from these players, then it is also the school’s responsibility to make sure that all sports teams under the umbrella of…» Read More

Being grateful for what you have
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2012

This is the time of year when many people come together to enjoy the day Christ was born. Those who celebrate spend time going out and buying a Christmas tree and gifts for their loved ones. Seeing the look on someone’s face when a gift is opened is priceless.

Giving is important, along with bringing joy to your loved ones. But I think some people forget the meaning of Christmas. It’s about giving, not receiving. Giving and helping changes a lot of people’s lives.

Christmas giving is more than

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The perils of crack addiction
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2012


In the mid 1980s, crack hit the streets harder than a Mike Tyson knock-out punch in the first round and quickly caught the attention of Americans—both young and old.

The outcome was that millions of Americans began flying  (getting high) and ultimately dying from this deadly drug.

According to Houghton Mifflin, crack is described as “chemically purified, very potent cocaine in pellet form that is smoked through a glass pipe and is considered highly and rapidly addictive.”

Born and raised in the south side of Sacramento, my neighborhood was considered poor.  I witnessed crack addicts walking the streets, talking to themselves and begging for money.

It was common to hear about robberies and killings on my block all in the name of crack. I’ve seen crack not only destroy the lives of its users, but the men and women who sell the drugs, and in some cases, the families of users.

“Crack messed up my life, made me drop out of school, mess up my scholarship, and made me an eight-time felon,” says a close friend of mine and one-time drug dealer, William Spotwood.

“I made unreal money, but it wasn’t worth the time I spent locked up,” says…» Read More

A customer's receipt from a purchase.
By | Online Managing Editor
Nov. 6, 2012

It was 5 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The wife wasn’t sleeping well either, and we both felt like we could eat a cow. We decided that an early morning breakfast at IHOP would have to suffice.

As we arrived inside the restaurant, we quickly noticed there was no one at the front stand. We waited, and shortly thereafter were seated by a bubbly young woman who politely explained to us that she was the manager and that her server hadn’t shown up that Friday morning.

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SF Giants bring home the big win, again
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 5, 2012

The San Francisco Giants shocked the baseball world in 2010 when they won the World Series for the first time since they relocated from New York after their 1957 season. But in 2011 they failed to even make the playoffs to defend their title.

Well, it’s 2012 and here they are again. And just like in 2010, you can define these Giants as: Torture, which was the catchphrase fans used to describe the Giants’ offense that year. This year it was torture for fans again when the Giants fell behind in the early couple series of the playoffs.

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A sticker that says I voted
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 5, 2012

This Nov. 6, America will find itself picking a side. The side who wins will lead the country for four years.

Barack Obama, current president and Democrat, faces challenger Mitt Romney, the Republican governor leading the voice of the right wing.

This is another year, and another battle generating more division among citizens.

Ignorance, bickering and frivolous accusations dominate the news circuit. Either way, these candidates have not demonstrated that they are capable of leading America.

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