Conquering my condition
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 15, 2014

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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Feb. 14, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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

City Talk
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Dec. 14, 2013

Some outrageous, some hilarious, and some even brow-raising, City College students share their most memorable holiday moments.

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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