Living in the times of the not-so-free press

There is no question: The Internet changed the scape of mass media during the last part of the 20th century and the first decade of the new millennium, and it is a valuable informational tool. However, with so much information, it can be difficult to discern the legitimate from illegitimate. News is immediately available in abundance and opinion flows freely, while the truth is easily lost. A lie repeated in enough messages can masquerade as truth when it goes viral.

With a growing number of publications and broadcasters, the First Amendment guarantee of a free press can be confused not only by the Internet, but also by billionaires and a small list of giant media conglomerates. The facts may still be reported, but there is a question of credibility when the company or individual has an interest in the news that is disseminated and the writer or editor self-edits, in fear of reprisal.

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Downtown dining on a student’s budget

Spring break is a often a time for taking trips out of town, visiting family or, for some students, finishing those big semester projects.

For the City College students who are stuck in the Sacramento area, it may seem like there isn’t much fun to be had. However, if cheap food and/or drinks are enough to cure the boredom, you’re in luck. Happy hour is a perfect time to put some pants on, hop in your car or grab the light rail and head out to one of the many establishments that offer deals and a comfortable seat so you can take your mind o of your worries.

Take a look at our list of the best local joints that offer special during that special time of day.

City College student Jessica Daniels says effective time management allows her to successfully carry 17 course units as she also fulfills her family responsibilities. Photo by Elizabeth Ramirez | Staff Photographer | elizabethramirezexpress@gmail.com

Managing to get by

As college students, we have so much stuff on our plates. Some of us may be juggling 12 or more units, working part time and have family responsibilities.

The question we may ask ourselves is, “How can I manage my time effectively this semester and not get overwhelmed?”

That is a question I ask myself all the time, especially since I am taking 17 units this semester and helping to raise my 1-year-old twin nephews with my family. There are times when I do feel overwhelmed and wonder how I will get through this semester successfully.


City Scene

The average age of today’s live theater patron is over 50 years old—at least given the amount of gray hair I see in Sacramento audiences. With baby boomers retiring, the local theater scene enjoys steady patronage. But theater directors need to find ways to engage younger audiences.

With hundreds of TV channels, video games, and multi-million dollar blockbusters on screens everywhere and eyes glued to smartphones, how do theaters stand a chance? How do we spark new interest while maintaining established theatergoers’ support?

One exciting way to do this is fusing multiple artistic forms of media—think radio, visual arts, projection, live theater, music and special effects mashed up with traditional works.


Last month attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed a lawsuit on behalf of four NCAA student athletes, challenging rules that prevent student athletes from receiving financial compensation for their efforts on the field. They want to get paid.

The argument made is that college coaches, administrators and the colleges themselves make millions of dollars each season, yet the players get nothing.

An athletics scholarship at a private institution includes tuition costs, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses.

University of Southern California offers 85 scholarships each year to its athletes, but annual tuition averages at $42,162. Room and board expenses amount to $12,078.

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A case for Cooledge

From Rodda to Lillard, to Lusk and Hughes there are more than a few named structures at City College.

Of the 24 significant landmarks listed on the City College campus map, eight are named after administrators, professors or coaches Of those eight, only the Fischbacher Fine Arts Building is named after a woman.

Amalia Fischbacher was a City College art instructor for 35 years, who was widely known for her love of color. Inside the Fischbacher building resides the Kondos gallery, named for Gregory Kondos, a renowned local painter.

Lusk established the aeronautics program at City College. Rodda was a teacher who later turned to politics. Mohr was the school president from 1949 to 1956. Lillard Hall is named after the first president of Sacramento Junior College.

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Professor Talk—Volume 98, Issue 10

Stephen Ruderman | Staff Writer | Stephenruderman.express@gmail.com Gabrielle Smith | Staff Photographer | gsmithexpress@gmail.com What should the new building be named, and why?  

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Federal bill to reduce student debt misses mark

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.