Opinion

State of the Union speaks to students
By |
Feb. 5

If you never used the emergency room for your primary care physician, you might not understand what being uninsured means.

If you never left home for class three hours early because you were between paychecks, could not afford gas and had to take the bus, you might not understand the significance of a minimum wage increase.

And if you never sat up late worrying about finding a decent job after graduation, you might not understand fearing the inevitable student loan bill that follows a diploma.

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By | Online Editor
Jan. 2

Years ago, college-goers were affectionately labeled starving students, and rightly so. City College students are among those who struggle daily just to get by when financial aid proves not enough and available student loans are at their limits.

Unfortunately, financial woes are not curable with a pill from the pharmacist, and there are no infomercials of magic wands to wave for pockets filled with cash. There are, however, realistic ways for those left short-changed by college to pad their purse.

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Top 5 Christmas gifts on a budget
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2013

Don’t have a lot of cash to spend on a loved one this Christmas and refuse to try beating the crowds in the crazy malls? Not to worry, for here are some heartfelt ideas sure to make someone happy with out cleaning out your bank account.

5) Photo Album

This is a gift that takes more creative edge, but will be sure to please anyone because who doesn’t love memories? This could range from a scrapbook of photos with a specific person or event, or it could just be one really awesome photo decorated with a personal frame.

4) Hydro Power Clock

This is a much more specific gift and could appeal to the techy-type of person. A clock powered completely by water could be great for maybe a younger sibling or a nice item for someone’s desk. It can be found on Amazon and is produced by Kikkerland Design Inc.

3) Baked Goods

This is always a delicious gift that can show creativity as well. With so many different types of cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweet delicacies the sky is really the limit with baking for people. It can also be a thoughtful gift (if done correctly) for…» Read More



Top 10 Christmas movies
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2013

Ring in the holiday season with a warm fire, hot cocoa, and a classic Christmas movie to get in the spirit. Here are some films that are sure to give you that warm, comforting Christmas holiday type of feeling, featuring some of the most loveable characters of all time:

10) “Home Alone” (1990)

Notable charcter: Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, as the witty young innovative boy who survives adventures and burglaries while left at home for the holidays.

Possibly Macaulay Culkin’s finest hour and for some his most memorable film; this heartwarming 1990 classic is about young boy who is a part of a large family. The boy is forgotten and left at home during the family’s annual holiday trip. This is a notable top 10 all-time candidate and a good place to start if you are looking for a heartwarming Christmas film. Directed by Chris Columbus.

9)    “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Notable character: Charles M. Schulz’s character Linus van Pelt, who together with Charlie Brown, comes together to show people the true meaning of Christmas.

When Charlie Brown’s class is supposed to put on a play showing the meaning of Christmas, things go wrong. But, no matter…» Read More



Top 5 christmas jingles of all time
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 13, 2013

The holidays are right around the corner. The Express has created a list of the top five Christmas songs that you can enjoy while stuck in traffic after work or in the comfort of your own home, sipping hot cocoa and winding down from the long day.

#1 “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

The first song on the list is from the legendary John Lennon. This song is warm and cheerful, and reminds us that Christmas is a joyous day that anybody and everybody should celebrate it. This song was released in1971 and the song reached No.4 in the United Kingdom.

#2 “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole brilliantly sings a memorable tune which wherever you go reminds you of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and makes you want to grab some hot chocolate. This song was released in 1946. Numerous artists from a wide variety of genres covered “The Christmas Song” like Aaliyah, Diana Ross, and Christina Aguilera.

#3  “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Bruce Springsteen

The third song on the list is “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” an uplifting and rock-n-roll song. This song…» Read More



Christmas traditions
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 12, 2013

All around the world as the year draws to a close, people from many different countries and walks of life prepare to celebrate their winter festivals.

One of the most commonly known and celebrated event is Christmas, a special time of the year with many different meanings and variations. A common theme is the giving and receiving of gifts between loved ones. At its core, Christmas is a holiday adopted by the Christian religion as a time of celebration of the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ.

The holiday’s influence spreads far and wide and Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate it. Some people feel it’s hypocritical for non-Christians to celebrate Christmas. However, the middle of winter has been a time of celebration around the world for a long time. Even as far back as the time of the Roman Empire, Roman pagans would celebrate the holiday Saturnalia with a great feast during a weeklong celebration in honor of the god Saturn.

According to the “Origin of Christmas” webpage Simpletoremember.com: “Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week-long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.”

The Norse in Scandinavia would celebrate Yule from the winter solstice on Dec. 21…» Read More



By | Editor-in-Chief
Dec. 11, 2013

“Do you think the main role of college is to make students ready for the job market? If so, why? If not, why not?”

This may sound like a test question, but it’s actually a question posed by Katherine Schulten in a Nov. 16 article in the New York Times. In the article, Schulten suggests that college students are losing interest in the humanities as majors.

She questions whether higher education should just be about vocational and job training as opposed to focusing on the teaching of critical thinking, expanding knowledge of the world and exposing students to diverse attitudes.

As the scope of college changes, especially at community colleges, it’s certainly an interesting and relevant question. How important is it to study  elds like philosophy, culture, languages, music, art and history when these are  elds that don’t easily translate into jobs?

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By |
Dec. 11, 2013

Dear editors,

I am a student at American River College. I have attended your campus as well. I am a seasoned contributor to the cultural awareness  center for many years, in fact I was doing programming all by myself all by my lonesome when the cultural awareness center used to be  two desks in the hallway. I was fortunate to get some of our programming national attention. I was disheartened at the lack the cultural awareness demonstrated during the presentation below. I was offended and treated like a proverbial “red-headed step child” in this public forum and because I am a solution oriented individual I will be submitting (based on my previous experience with the cultural awareness center and my 40 year advocacy in the native community)a written generalization code of conduct that is culturally competent to the sensibilities of the native community because we as native people have many similarities as we do differences this list is only a general guideline to be submitted for cultural awareness’s consideration. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and your scrutiny. In peace and conciliation, Susan Reece, elder Mohawk/Odawa nations.

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Disadvantages of social networking
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 10, 2013

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are social networking sites that everyone raves about. Social networking sites are used to share pictures, catch up with friends and express how you are feeling on a daily basis.

According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 93 percent of both teens (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-29) in the United States use the Internet regularly and more than 70 percent use social networking sites. The Internet has drastically transformed the way our society connects, conducts business and socializes. From this student’s standpoint, social networking should be used less and more focus should be on face-to-face socialization with people.

I choose not to have a Facebook and Twitter account. Procon.org claims social networking entices people to waste time, complicates personality and brain disorders, and facilitates cyberbullying. When alerted to a new social networking site activity, many waste time checking out a new picture, status update, or tweet instead of focusing on work.

Using these network sites also takes a toll on your brain. Procon.org mentioned that social networking sites are connected to disorders, such as “the inability to have in-person conversations, a need for instant gratification, ADHD, and a self-centered personality, as…» Read More



Volunteer to give thanks
By | editor in chief
Nov. 6, 2013

The sights and sounds of the holidays are upon us, as Sacramento residents and Americans across the nation begin to decorate their houses for Halloween—some even for Christmas already—and purchase hoards of goods from multiple retail locations.

The City College Panther statue was covered in pumpkins recently for a Queer/Straight Alliance club fund-raiser selling those plump little orange squash. While this was for a noble cause, raising money for a college club, it seems this is what the holidays have become more and more in recent years.

Specifically, Thanksgiving and Christmas have become so commercial that most people celebrate these holidays without even realizing what they’re all about.

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