Opinion

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
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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By | Staff Writer
May 9

It only took me six months to go from being overweight and out of shape to being in great condition because of exercise, so when I heard that City College President Kathryn Jeffery started a campaign called “Come Walk with Me,” I immediately jumped on the opportunity to walk and share the experience with her.

I was the poster boy for how to be overweight and out of shape. I overate and spent almost all of my time indoors.

As well as I got along with people in high school, it was still embarrassing to be around people who were physically fit while I was a bucket of grease. Toward the end of my freshman year, my entire class of over 100 people tested to see how long each person could run five laps. I finished dead last.

Two years ago in my senior year, I found myself in need of P.E. credits, so I was told to go out and get eight hours of exercise per week. From then on, I started walking one to two hours every day. I lost 60 pounds and got into tremendous physical shape in just five months.

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