Opinion

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
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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. 

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By |
Sept. 30, 2013

THE SMOKING OF CIGARETTES is a topic that has created a deep divide among those who smoke and those who don’t.

We all know the health risks, yet many people continue to smoke. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette consumption kills more than 440,000 Americans per year, and second-hand smoke causes 49,400 deaths per year.

According to legalinfo.ca.gov, smoking in most enclosed workplaces in California, including inside restaurants and bars, was banned in 1995. In April 1970, advertising of cigarettes and tobacco products on TV was banned in the United States, says druglibrary.org. And from the 1970s to as recently as 2010, laws have continued to be passed in the United States to ban advertising on tobacco products including from magazines and billboards, according to Wikipedia.

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'I Have a Dream' for City College
By | Print Editor-in-Chief
Sept. 11, 2013

The U.S. recently celebrated the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, originally given on Aug. 28, 1963, in front of approximately 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

The speech, of course, pleaded for the end of racism in the United States. The history behind the speech is even greater because it was delivered 100 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law, ending slavery. The fight for freedom for African-Americans was just beginning, and, as King pointed out in his speech, 100 years later, racism was still very much alive.

Many would argue that the dream of King has still not been reached today. The controversial outcome of the Trayvon Martin case is just one indication that racism and hatred toward other cultures is still very much an issue in America, especially for certain groups.

At City College’s pre-semester Convocation held by administrators and district leaders for the staff and faculty of City College, Dr. Brian King (no relation to Martin Luther King Jr.), the chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, mentioned that the part of the speech we…» Read More



So it goes
By | Print & Online Managing Editor
Sept. 7, 2013

Listen: My mind has come unstuck in time.

Momentous things happened last week; the curious overlap has me fizzing with happiness and heartache. My consciousness hopscotched across time and space, drawing unexpected connections between a friend’s wedding, a great novel, an impending war and the memory of my mother.

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By |
April 26, 2013

In recent years, budget cuts have changed the entire scope of the community college system.

There was a time when community college courses were free, easy to get into and students had a greater sense of community involvement and outreach. To be successful on the college level today requires a small fortune, lots of dedication and a flexible schedule.

Getting into classes in a specific major isn’t usually that much of a challenge. However, getting into general education classes is almost always headache-inducing.

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Sports madness
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March 18, 2013

Painted faces, entirely paintedbodies, huge head cutouts, and raucous crowds—these all describe a National Colle­giate Athletic Association basketball game.

Not many sporting events can draw a crowd like an NCAA game. It’s basically like the Seattle Seahawks fans at Centu­ryLink Stadium, who are known as the 12th man, and the fans at Arco Arena (now known as Sleep Train Arena) when the Kings were in their heyday, mixed with large amounts of alcohol.

With all the young fans in Califor­nia rooting for teams hundreds or even thousands of miles away, it may be hard to believe that City College’s sports teams (or most community college sports pro­grams) don’t have a very large following.

Although community college teams aren’t on a national level, there are still plen­ty of students, as well as former students, who one would think might want to come out and show support for their school.

Most sports fans believe that there’s nothing quite like NCAA basketball. The passion and camaraderie among this group is unrivaled. Many college players never go on to play in the pros, so they’re putting in nothing but effort because they’re playing for the love of the game, rather than…» Read More