Editorials

'I Have a Dream' for City College
By | Print Editor-in-Chief
Sept. 11, 2013

The U.S. recently celebrated the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, originally given on Aug. 28, 1963, in front of approximately 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

The speech, of course, pleaded for the end of racism in the United States. The history behind the speech is even greater because it was delivered 100 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law, ending slavery. The fight for freedom for African-Americans was just beginning, and, as King pointed out in his speech, 100 years later, racism was still very much alive.

Many would argue that the dream of King has still not been reached today. The controversial outcome of the Trayvon Martin case is just one indication that racism and hatred toward other cultures is still very much an issue in America, especially for certain groups.

At City College’s pre-semester Convocation held by administrators and district leaders for the staff and faculty of City College, Dr. Brian King (no relation to Martin Luther King Jr.), the chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, mentioned that the part of the speech we…» Read More



So it goes
By | Print & Online Managing Editor
Sept. 7, 2013

Listen: My mind has come unstuck in time.

Momentous things happened last week; the curious overlap has me fizzing with happiness and heartache. My consciousness hopscotched across time and space, drawing unexpected connections between a friend’s wedding, a great novel, an impending war and the memory of my mother.

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By |
April 26, 2013

In recent years, budget cuts have changed the entire scope of the community college system.

There was a time when community college courses were free, easy to get into and students had a greater sense of community involvement and outreach. To be successful on the college level today requires a small fortune, lots of dedication and a flexible schedule.

Getting into classes in a specific major isn’t usually that much of a challenge. However, getting into general education classes is almost always headache-inducing.

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Sports madness
By |
March 18, 2013

Painted faces, entirely paintedbodies, huge head cutouts, and raucous crowds—these all describe a National Colle­giate Athletic Association basketball game.

Not many sporting events can draw a crowd like an NCAA game. It’s basically like the Seattle Seahawks fans at Centu­ryLink Stadium, who are known as the 12th man, and the fans at Arco Arena (now known as Sleep Train Arena) when the Kings were in their heyday, mixed with large amounts of alcohol.

With all the young fans in Califor­nia rooting for teams hundreds or even thousands of miles away, it may be hard to believe that City College’s sports teams (or most community college sports pro­grams) don’t have a very large following.

Although community college teams aren’t on a national level, there are still plen­ty of students, as well as former students, who one would think might want to come out and show support for their school.

Most sports fans believe that there’s nothing quite like NCAA basketball. The passion and camaraderie among this group is unrivaled. Many college players never go on to play in the pros, so they’re putting in nothing but effort because they’re playing for the love of the game, rather than…» Read More



By |
Feb. 28, 2013

People value their personal privacy, as evidenced by bathroom door locks, window blinds and passwords.

As Americans, however, we don’t just value privacy—we expect it. And since ­ The Privacy Act of 1975 guarantees privacy, any sense of self-entitlement to such is rightly ours. Recently though, our constitutional right to all things private has been under attack, giving room to question if we really have as much privacy as we once allowed ourselves to believe.

Take for example, the use of unmanned aircraft, more commonly referred to as drones. Drones have been making headlines quite a bit lately—twice on the front page of ­ the Sacramento Bee this month, and not for accomplishments in terms of the fight on terrorism. Rather, on speculation of whether our privacy is under attack by law enforcement agencies right here in the U.S.

Yes, federal law does prohibit the use of drones in densely populated urban areas. However, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fact Sheet released Feb. 15 by the Federal Aviation Administration says there is a way around the prohibition. One only needs “to obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for public aircraft.” ­

The UAS Fact Sheet goes on…» Read More



Clearing the smoke on gun control
By |
Feb. 7, 2013

Whether it’s as far away as Sandy Hook Elementary School, a little closer like a movie theater in Colorado or right here at home—from gun scares at Arden Mall to officers being shot in our own backyard—a gun getting into the wrong hands and being used to cause chaos is something that’s simply happening too much lately.

With the entire nation wondering what the Obama Administration will ultimately do to fight the misuse of guns, one thing is clear: There is almost a down-the-middle split when it comes to opinions on guns.

On one hand, there’s the pro-gun crowd, those who feel the government is infringing on their rights by regulating gun ownership. These folks feel that guns should be used for protection, hunting, and that if everyone has a gun, things like the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting would result in a fewer deaths because a gunman like James Holmes could be stopped with another gun.

But for those of us on the other side of the spectrum, controlling guns is simply a way to help protect the innocent, especially the children of our nation. It isn’t about infringing on the rights…» Read More



Cuddle up with some eggnog
By | Arts and Entertainment Editor
Dec. 13, 2012

Jason Van Sandt-Editor in Chief Jasonv1977@gmail.com

The year was 1988, I was 11 years old and my uncle Jimmy was over for Thanksgiving dinner. My family had just finished dining when my uncle suggested we all go see a movie afterwards. This was a break in our normal holiday festivities. We would usually eat, watch television afterwards before slipping off into our turkey-fueled commas, but my uncle’s suggestion gained traction and soon we were all off to the theater to see the newest Bill Murray film the day it came out into theaters. I was amazed to see a packed theater; I had always thought people just stayed home on Thanksgiving, and also thrilled to see “Scrooged” before all my friends at school. Now no holiday season is complete until I sit and watch Bill Murray in “Scrooged.”

  Daniel Wilson-Online Managing Editor daniel.wilson8504@yahoo.com

The greatest holiday movie ever is an easy choice for me. I’ve been watching “A Christmas Story” since I was a child and have seen it at least 200 times. It combines the perfect example of the American Christmas experience with great actors, a funny and entertaining story and unforgettable scenes, quotes and moments to create…» Read More



Editorial: Finals begin...
By |
Dec. 12, 2012

 

Finals, as a typical college student may know, are defined by Dictionary.com as, “the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.”But why restrict finals at City College with the words like “last” or “examination”? Look around campus during the next week and notice that it’s more like a college cultural phenomenon. Small groups begin to cluster together at every corner, collectively gathering knowledge. Coffee begins to gain some new fans. Finals are an amazing and necessary thing for students to go through semester in and semester out. Now is the time to review what’s been learned and not learned, not only in the classroom, but also in how the semester was lived and know that nothing is final. Students are here to learn, and the vision of finals is that of students who are doing it right. Of course some students are cramming from not going to class, or are looking at their laptops with their eyebrows raised because something interesting is happening on Facebook. As students in a community college, most of us are hardly reaching the end of anything, because the next step will always be a new learning experience. Whether you are transferring to…» Read More



Pushing through school while pregnant
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 3, 2012

Uncomfortable? Yes. Attitude issues? Absolutely. Urinating non-stop? Oh my gosh!  Hungry all day? Yes, I have to eat or I will throw up, and it’s not pretty.

Is it easy being pregnant and going to college? No. My life as a pregnant student is taking a toll on me. It’s getting harder and harder, as my pregnancy progresses.

I feel tired all the time. In fact, I’m usually exhausted and don’t want to do anything at all. Most of the time I don’t even want to go to school or do my homework.

I have to, though, because I don’t want to be a failure. I just want the best for my unborn son, Mykel. Having kids makes you want to change and become a better person. I fight through the pregnancy pains and still come to school, and do what I have to do. I want to be a good role model for my son. I want him to know one day that he can be whatever he wants, he just has to do things he’s never done before.

Still, being pregnant is not fun at all. Everyone says it’s a beautiful thing, but not to me. The only…» Read More



Editorial: Shoving for savings
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Nov. 28, 2012

A shove to the ribs, a crushing boot on the feet and a swinging shopping bag to the head as you maneuver through the line of yelling people. You may have been shopping Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, or you were training for the TV game show “Wipeout.” If you didn’t plan on aggressive wrestling; perhaps this type of shopping was not for you.

Black Friday could easily be tagged as the most dangerous shopping day of the year. On this day, sleep-deprived people are baited with historically low prices on a limited amount of much-wanted merchandise found in a building maxed to capacity with fellow shoppers. Forgive the inability to utter “thank you” for keeping a store open when holidays are traditionally meant for people to be off work. Target, Toys’R’Us, Banana Republic, and Raleys are just a few of the retailers who were doing business some part of Thanksgiving Day.

The nauseating news of Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour being trampled by shopping crowds after being caught in the store entranceway in 2008 is what it took to implement security and order. You’ve probably heard of more recent stories of injured shoppers, such as the fight in Roseville…» Read More



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