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May 6

As everyone in the state should know by now, California is in the middle of one of its most severe droughts in history. Water levels in reservoirs are visibly — and frighteningly — low. Just take a short trip up the road and check out Folsom Lake. The water has receded so much that it has revealed the remains of a settlement called Mormon Island that has emerged only in times of severe drought since Folsom Dam was built in 1955.

The Sierra snowpack is also in dire straits. The Lake Tahoe Basin snowpack was at only 3 percent of normal on April 1, according to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Gov. Jerry Brown visited a Sierra meadow for an April 1 press conference. “We’re standing on dry grass,” Brown told the media. “We should be standing on 5 feet of snow.”

This year marks the first time that  California has implemented mandatory water restrictions.

“It’s a different world,” Brown said April 1. “We have to act differently.”

The Los Angeles Times ran an article with a frightening headline, “California has about one year of water stored. Will you ration now?”

With the severity of this situation in mind, it’s time for us to take action. Everyone can take steps to conserve water, and it is crucial that everyone do so. Every drop saved helps.

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April 22

Sometimes, coasting through a class seems like no big deal.

• “Oh, this is just for my general education requirements. It’s not really applicable to my major.” • “I’ll pay attention to classes when I transfer out of here.” • “This is just so I can get the job I want — a means to an end.”

Who doesn’t have those thoughts when sitting through a class that’s difficult to follow or hard to stomach for other reasons?

It’s easy enough to dismiss a class as unimportant.

• “When am I going to use psychology in real life?” • “Who really cares this much about proper punctuation?” • “All the math I’m ever going to need is addition and subtraction — maybe multiplication.”

It’s easy enough to take the opportunity for higher education for granted. But students can get so much more out of their educational opportunities if they apply themselves, even just a little bit.

Unless we choose to pursue more prestigious degrees or careers in education, being undergraduates in college is the last time we will have this kind of access to high-level expertise in any field.

Our professors have all studied in their respective fields for years….» Read More

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April 22

Monday, April 13, as this issue of the Express is going to press, reports are coming in about a shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

At this time, it is reported that one person has been killed, and that the shooting is an isolated incident.

But even one death on campus is too many.

The moment the radio broadcasts a segment mentioning guns and campuses in the same breath, harrowing memories of previous school shootings come to mind — from Columbine to Sandy Hook to Santa Monica College.

This is not only an issue for the United States. Less than two weeks ago, 147 people were killed in a terror attack on the Garissa University campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

Though incidents have been on the rise (according to research from Harvard University, the rate of mass shootings has increased threefold since 2011), this is not a new issue.

Violence on school property in the United States happened before the colonies had even declared independence from British rule. In Pontiac’s Rebellion on July 26, 1764, three men entered a schoolhouse in present-day Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, then killed 10 children.

These shootings are on a…» Read More

Look out for each other
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March 11

According to “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2014 Survey,” 9.5 percent of incoming college students frequently felt depressed during the past year. This figure has increased 6.1 percent over the past fi ve years. Of the students surveyed, 34.6 percent felt overwhelmed. That is almost one in every three students feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.

College can make or break students when it comes to stress management. This skill isn’t listed on syllabi — it’s a consequence of the condition of the educational system and the way the world works.

When you’re at school, professorswill say, “There is nothing more important than your education.”

At work, you’ll hear about how the job experience you are currently getting will be the foundation for the rest of your life, and how success in your career is equivalent to success in life itself.

And, at home, you’ll hear that family comes first, no matter what.

Balancing school, work and life is something that students try to cope with every day on campuses across the country. And some students are better at it than others.

Feeling depressed and overwhelmed can happen to anybody. Sometimes it’s the class clown who is struggling…» Read More

Good enough is not good enough
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Feb. 8

Fifteen California community colleges were initially approved Jan. 20 to begin offering bachelor’s degrees by the Community College Board of Governors.

None of the Los Rios colleges were accepted into the pilot programs.

That’s because the Los Rios Community College District did not apply for a pilot program.

Some of the programs that have been initially approved are in fields in which Los Rios colleges have certificates or degrees available.

For example, American River College offers an associate’s degree in funeral services. Cypress College received approval for an expanded mortuary science program. The programs are identical in core curriculum. If Los Rios had applied, perhaps ARC could be offering a bachelor’s degree in that discipline.

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Defending freedom of speech
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Feb. 2








In Copenhagen on Valentine’s Day, a man was shot and killed at a free speech event.

This came just over a month after “Charlie Hebdo,” the French satirical magazine, was attacked, leaving a dozen people dead, including renowned editor Stéphane Charbonnier.

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was beheaded in January by members of the Islamic State, a jihadist rebel group that controls territory in the Middle East. American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff met similar fates at the hands of the Islamic State in 2014.

On a less deadly, but still very serious scale, there was a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures in November 2014 that was related to “The Interview,” a satirical film about a fi ctional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

These highly publicized attacks have brought up larger questions about freedom of speech and censorship from both internal and external sources.

There has been a steady decline in worldwide freedom of the press. According to the Freedom of the Press Report, 40.4 percent of nations fi t into the “free” category in 2003. By 2014, that global percentage fell to 32 percent.

More than 200 journalists…» Read More

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Dec. 18, 2014

At the beginning of every semester students stand in the back of a classroom or sit on the fl oor waiting. After attempting to register for a class that they really wanted — or worse, that class they really needed to fulfi ll a requirement — many students find their course wait listed or closed. If they are lucky, they receive a permission number, and if not, they might try again next semester.

Despite an increase in the number of course off erings, the first week or two of classes is still distracting for professors and disappointing for students. While most professors over-accommodate by trying to take as many students as possible, at some point there are some students who will be turned away. And halfway through the semester many of the desks that were full at the beginning of the term will sit empty.

Often we enroll in a class with the best of intentions; other times we enroll “just in case” a class doses not work out. But what we forget is that when we drop a class after the fi rst two weeks, we have likely taken an opportunity away from someone else.

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Healthcare is a right not a privilege
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Dec. 1, 2014

Before each holiday season begins, the flu season arrives. Depending on how active the season is and how virulent the strain is, in influenza or the flu virus claims between 3,000 and 49,000 lives each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For people who have health insurance, a flu vaccine or access to early treatment often leads to a quick recovery.

However, despite the new health care law, there are still many who do not have access to medical care.

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Giving back the Season  of Giving
By | News Editor
Nov. 25, 2014

As the season progresses from fall and moves into winter, skeletons and witches hung to spook trick-or-treaters have been replaced with decorative ceramic turkeys and festive table settings. Not long after in some households Thanksgiving cornucopias will immediately give way to Santa Claus. As we labor over the perfect gifts for our friends and family while staying within a budget, we should remember to find time to relax for a minute to take in the spirit of giving.

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Nov. 1, 2014

Week 9 is the beginning of the weeks everyone in fantasy football dreads: bye weeks. This week, four top 10 fantasy quarterbacks, nine top 30 wide receivers and five top 25 running backs are on bye weeks.

Here is a list of players that can be useful this week to help with your bye week blues.

As always, start your studs, and good luck this week.

Byes: Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit

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