Editorials

Classroom étiquette for the oblivious
By |
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



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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Living in the times of the not-so-free press
By | Spring 2014
April 10

There is no question: The Internet changed the scape of mass media during the last part of the 20th century and the first decade of the new millennium, and it is a valuable informational tool. However, with so much information, it can be difficult to discern the legitimate from illegitimate. News is immediately available in abundance and opinion flows freely, while the truth is easily lost. A lie repeated in enough messages can masquerade as truth when it goes viral.

With a growing number of publications and broadcasters, the First Amendment guarantee of a free press can be confused not only by the Internet, but also by billionaires and a small list of giant media conglomerates. The facts may still be reported, but there is a question of credibility when the company or individual has an interest in the news that is disseminated and the writer or editor self-edits, in fear of reprisal.

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A case for Cooledge
By |
March 26

From Rodda to Lillard, to Lusk and Hughes there are more than a few named structures at City College.

Of the 24 significant landmarks listed on the City College campus map, eight are named after administrators, professors or coaches Of those eight, only the Fischbacher Fine Arts Building is named after a woman.

Amalia Fischbacher was a City College art instructor for 35 years, who was widely known for her love of color. Inside the Fischbacher building resides the Kondos gallery, named for Gregory Kondos, a renowned local painter.

Lusk established the aeronautics program at City College. Rodda was a teacher who later turned to politics. Mohr was the school president from 1949 to 1956. Lillard Hall is named after the first president of Sacramento Junior College.

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Federal bill to reduce student debt misses mark
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March 12

For many students the foundation of a university education or career begins at the community college. And that is where many students assume their first loans, leading to some serious high-interest future repayments.

At California community colleges the BOG fee waiver covers much of the tuition for many eligible students, while grants or scholarships absorb the cost of textbooks and assist with living costs. But many students must take out student loans to pay rent and compensate for income loss when a school schedule replaces or reduces a work schedule.

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Event challenges views on tolerance
By |
Feb. 26

The “Sex Positive” movement took over City College in February, when a foursome of student clubs sponsored an event to educate and discuss gender, relationships and sex in a safe and judgment-free environment.  The four-day event leading up to Valentine’s Day featured a series of open and honest discussions on sex-related topics ranging from porn to safe sex practices to nude dancers’ unionization.

One of the more popular speakers — and more controversial — was Janet Hardy, co-author of  The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures. Her arguments were engaging and disquieting. They forced self-reflection on personal biases and our understandings about the laws of sexual attraction.

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