Opinion

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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Christians vs. Halloween
By | Staff writer
Oct. 25, 2013

Growing up Baptist, I was taught that Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween. When I was a bit older, I was told it was a satanic holiday, though nobody truly explained to me why.

Years later, my church started giving pamphlets out with the history of Halloween. It said that the clerics hundreds of years ago would go door to door demanding tribute on Oct. 31. If the people didn’t give into their request, they would put a curse on the house and the family.

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By | Arts & Entertainment editor
Oct. 23, 2013

PREFER TO STAY INDOORS while the ghosts and goblins come out to play? Creepy crawlers might lurk on the other side of the door; but if you  want to stay out of their way and snuggle up on the couch—with friends, a loved one or alone—then check out one of these movies on the list below…but don’t get too scared.

1. “HALLOWEEN” (1978) Memorable quote: “It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare” Notable character: Sheriff Leigh Bracket played by Charles Cypher.  Movie is about a troubled young boy named Michael Myers who murders his sister and gets put in to a mental hospital. He then escapes on Halloween night to go on a murder spree. 2. “THE SHINING” (1980) Memorable quote: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” Notable character: Jack Torrance played by Jack Nicholson. Jack Torrance is an aspiring author who relocates to a eerie hotel to be a janitor with his wife and son so that he may write his novels in peace. Little does the family know, the hotel is haunted and it takes a toll on Jack. 3. “NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” (1984) Memorable quote: “Whatever you do, don’t sleep”…» Read More



Nightmare on Job Hunt Lane
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Oct. 23, 2013

OCTOBER MARKS THE BEGINNING of the holiday season, the onset of fall and the spooks, ghouls, ghosts and goblins that make it obvious it’s time to dress up in silly costumes and eat yummy mallow crème candy corn and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups shaped like pumpkins.

For community college students, though, it can be a time of high stress as we look to  finish our last few classes before graduating with our  first degrees. On the other hand it can also be a time of excitement for those students just starting college, either following high school graduation or coming back to school for one reason or another.

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The debt of college education
By |
Oct. 8, 2013

 

Student loan debt probably isn’t as common among community college students as with University of California or California State University students, and those who do carry debt most likely owe a lot less money  than upper division students.

However, a great many students at City College will eventually move on to pursue bachelor’s or higher degrees and will take on heaps of debt—that is, unless they are fortunate enough to score a sweet, sweet scholarship or  two or three.

Ask any student or parent who is paying for someone’s college education: Something needs to be done to make obtaining an education less expensive.

In fact, for most people, facing the inevitable amounts of money they’ll need to pay back for their oh-so-coveted higher educations is something that weighs on one’s conscience throughout their college careers.

But no matter how much we would like the threat of student debt to make like brick-and-mortar Blockbuster stores and disappear, it’s more like Cher in that it just won’t go away. 

The solution seems simple: Make college less expensive by cutting all the extras. Just charge for classes and books unless students opt to pay for other things like dorm space. 

The…» Read More