Opinion

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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By | SCC Panthers' head football coach
March 12

Re: Out on the field (Express, Feb. 25)

My name is Dannie Walker, head football coach at Sacramento City College. I am writing a personal statement to clarify the lack of accuracy in a story a student reporter published in the Sac City Express Volume 98 Issue 8. The article was in regards to openly gay athletes in sports and, more specifically, former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay.

I am disheartened that what I said to the student reporter was not accurately published in the article, and he failed to write any positive comments I gave him. The student reported that I refused to comment on whether my program is accepting of openly gay athletes, quoting me as saying “It’s really not something I want to talk about.” This is simply incorrect. I did, in fact, comment, but clearly not to the student reporters’ satisfaction.

When asked about Michael Sam’s decision to announce his sexual preference to America, I stated, “I am happy he did that.”

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Event challenges views on tolerance
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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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Conquering my condition
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 15

I am 19 years old, and I have Asperger’s syndrome.

I’ve learned that there are both positives and negatives to Asperger’s syndrome, which is a high-functioning form of autism that I was diagnosed with at a young age.

It has given me some negatives like a short temper, anxiety, wanting things to go my way, thinking in absolutes and an accelerated speech pattern, among other things.

At the same time, though, it has given me many more positives like the ability to announce baseball games and play the guitar extremely well.

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http://saccityexpress.com/city-talk-vol/
By |
Feb. 14

Obamacare is here. Rollout issues aside, the president’s new plan will impact every American in some way. City College students opened up about their views on the controversial new law.

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State of the Union speaks to students
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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 in Chief
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