Editorials

The state of fear in 2014
By |
Oct. 29

Halloween gives City College students the opportunity to choose their fears in a celebratory, escapist fashion.

Playing with makeup and fog machines is a refreshing respite from actual fears about post-college employment and student debt.

As a mixture of  fledgling adults and seasoned learners, City College students have replaced the plastic, factory-pressed, rubber-band strapped superhero masks of their youth with a veneer rooted in over-confidence and ambition.

City College students today love to be scared of a bleak reality because it mirrors their own outlook of their projected futures. This dilutes the impact of Halloween and reduces it to the equivalent of an autumn version of non-religious Easter: a reason to have a party and

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Oct. 24

We’re halfway through the season, which means only six more weeks until Fantasy football playoffs start. If you’re at the bottom of your league, it’s never too late to trade your way out.

I could go into a story about how I started the season 1-6 last year and traded my way to a 7-6 record and a playoff spot, but I’m not. I could also talk about how countless others are currently trying to do the same thing, but I won’t.

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Oct. 18

If there is one thing that I have learned during my time playing fantasy football, it’s that you should never second-guess yourself.

My brother Kevin is also an avid fantasy football player (though he is much better at fantasy basketball). We have been in a league together for six years now, and throughout that time he has been known to over think things and cause himself to lose. So much so, that the league has coined the term “Kev yourself,” meaning to overthink decisions based on your starting roster.

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How to put holes in your body
By | Staff Writer
Oct. 15

Body modification, known as body mods, seems to be all the rage these days. Gauges, and piercings are more popular than ever, but so are infections, rejections and the career shutouts that come along with them. Most problems can be prevented with proper post-care and common sense.

Body modification can be a tricky situation. Using a professional is the safest route, but there is always some risk with every mod. Always do your research before you have someone give you something permanent.

“Always make sure your shop is state and

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National Football League insignia.
By | Sports Editor // Features Editor
Oct. 10

Five weeks through the NFL season, here are two Express editors’ picks for the next weeks of fantasy football.

Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck has set the league on fire with his 210.80 points. He leads all quarterbacks this season with 1,617 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

At the running back position DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys is atop the league with 105.40 points. He has 670 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Murray is having issues holding onto the ball, coughing it up four times in five games.

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Football helmets and shoulder pads located in a storeroom.
By | Features Editor
Oct. 10

First and foremost, it is an honor to be allowed to write about something that I love and am very passionate about: Fantasy Football. I’ve been playing fantasy football for about seven years now, and in that time I’ve played in over 20 leagues, won multiple championships and have had tons of fun along the way.

Obviously, when it comes to fantasy football, most of it is about luck (add cliché Andrew Luck pun here). However, it also takes a lot of

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Classroom étiquette for the oblivious
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Oct. 8

They haunt our classrooms. They are unaware or simply do not care. The crinkle of a potato chip bag, the whispers during a lecture, the irrelevant questions and the rude interruptions are proof of their existence. They are the oblivious and often inconsiderate students.

As adult college students, our class schedule is just a small segment of a much larger life schedule that includes work or family obligations—and disruptions often mean missing some piece of critical information.

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One size doesn’t fit all; Time to recalculate the math requirement
By |
Sept. 27

Trying to find a solution that involves X, Y or Z has stalled or ended the educational goals of many community college students. For the less mathematically inclined, placement in a remedial math class is an almost insurmountable hurdle when trying to reach graduation or transfer goals. While there are careers that require a solid foundation in algebra or calculus, many students will never use these skills after leaving City College or graduating from a university.

With 2 million students, California has the largest community college system in the country. An April report by California Community Colleges lists completion rates for graduations, certificates or transfers at a rate of 48.1 percent in a six year period, which is down 2.1 percent from the last six-year report.

Currently the Los Rios Community College District has 77,000 students enrolled at its major and satellite campuses. About half of that number will successfully complete coursework and graduate, earn a certificate or transfer. State and district wide students enrolled in remedial math classes contribute significantly to this number.

At City College the completion rates mirror the state and district rates for completion. And according to the school’s Student Success Scorecard by California Community Colleges only…» Read More



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 facility that allows me to help those less fortunate and to make life-changing differences.

I was born to a military father and welfare mother in 1972. We were very

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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