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Feb. 14, 2013

Everyone wants “ideal” love. Someone who understands us, is our soul mate and can be our best friend. Valentine’s Day is a perfect way to show friends and family and especially to our significant other, how much we care.

Here are a few simple, inexpensive ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:

Have a picnic in your living room! If you and your significant other are too busy, prepare a few days ahead of time. Have a blanket, a CD player with romantic songs pre-recorded, candles and your picnic meal planned. To make things easier, to buy some Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the fixings for your picnic on your way home so that way you’re not going to be exhausted for that “special” evening. Any small stuffed animal can be made into a Valentine’s gift with a glue gun and a simple little sign such as “I want to BEE yours” for a bee, or “Its ruff without you” for a dog, or a cat, “Your purrrrfect.” Play a game of hide and seek! Make riddles for your significant other to find you. Keep it simple and limit your riddles to find you to five or less, so way you don’t…» Read More

COMMENTARY: An arrow to the butt... something else on your face
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 13, 2013

The history of Valentine’s Day is about as boring as listening to your friend tell you what he got from his significant other as a gift on Valentine’s Day.

In a nutshell, of the three possible saints for whom the day could be named, the popular conception is that it’s a remembrance of a priest who defied an emperor and performed marriage ceremonies for young men and women around the third century.

You’re officially up to speed.

Now that the formalities are over with, I’ll jump right to my premise: Valentine’s Day is for saps.

If that statement offends you, it’s because you’ve been conditioned to believe that Feb. 14 holds some sort of mystical, romantic relevance above and beyond any other date on the calendar. You’ve let Hallmark and Russell Stover trick you into wasting what little money you’re currently earning on cardboard and high fructose corn syrup in an empty attempt to convince someone, whom you presumably already love, that you love them that much more.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, honey. Here are some words someone else wrote and a big, heart-shaped box full of dark chocolate ’make me fat’ pills.”

Nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who…» Read More

Clearing the smoke on gun control
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Feb. 7, 2013

Whether it’s as far away as Sandy Hook Elementary School, a little closer like a movie theater in Colorado or right here at home—from gun scares at Arden Mall to officers being shot in our own backyard—a gun getting into the wrong hands and being used to cause chaos is something that’s simply happening too much lately.

With the entire nation wondering what the Obama Administration will ultimately do to fight the misuse of guns, one thing is clear: There is almost a down-the-middle split when it comes to opinions on guns.

On one hand, there’s the pro-gun crowd, those who feel the government is infringing on their rights by regulating gun ownership. These folks feel that guns should be used for protection, hunting, and that if everyone has a gun, things like the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting would result in a fewer deaths because a gunman like James Holmes could be stopped with another gun.

But for those of us on the other side of the spectrum, controlling guns is simply a way to help protect the innocent, especially the children of our nation. It isn’t about infringing on the rights…» Read More

Why Does Hoos Always Lose?
By | Social Media Editor
Feb. 7, 2013

As the world turns, we see an ever- growing decrease in funding for college education. And a school’s decrease in funding simply means the students’ increase in tuition costs. In 2002, California voters allocated $265 million to Los Rios Community Colleges to be used for updated facilities, according to the CA Investment Advisory Commission: “Proposition 39 authorizes bonds for repair, construction or replacement of school facilities and classrooms.”

The measure allowed for recent multi-million dollar renovations to City College, including a $13 million dollar modernization of Hughes Stadium. City College has also spent millions on updated facilities, including the Performing Arts Center and the Fischbacher Fine Arts Building.

City College expects student-athletes to enroll in a full load of classes to go along with their extensive training regimens, and school administrators should reciprocate that level of investment to all its team members.

If you’ve been to a water polo game recently, however, you’d see that lack of reciprocation in the tiny broken pixels of the Hoos Pool scoreboard. If the school asks so much from these players, then it is also the school’s responsibility to make sure that all sports teams under the umbrella of…» Read More

Being grateful for what you have
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2012

This is the time of year when many people come together to enjoy the day Christ was born. Those who celebrate spend time going out and buying a Christmas tree and gifts for their loved ones. Seeing the look on someone’s face when a gift is opened is priceless.

Giving is important, along with bringing joy to your loved ones. But I think some people forget the meaning of Christmas. It’s about giving, not receiving. Giving and helping changes a lot of people’s lives.

Christmas giving is more than

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The perils of crack addiction
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2012


In the mid 1980s, crack hit the streets harder than a Mike Tyson knock-out punch in the first round and quickly caught the attention of Americans—both young and old.

The outcome was that millions of Americans began flying  (getting high) and ultimately dying from this deadly drug.

According to Houghton Mifflin, crack is described as “chemically purified, very potent cocaine in pellet form that is smoked through a glass pipe and is considered highly and rapidly addictive.”

Born and raised in the south side of Sacramento, my neighborhood was considered poor.  I witnessed crack addicts walking the streets, talking to themselves and begging for money.

It was common to hear about robberies and killings on my block all in the name of crack. I’ve seen crack not only destroy the lives of its users, but the men and women who sell the drugs, and in some cases, the families of users.

“Crack messed up my life, made me drop out of school, mess up my scholarship, and made me an eight-time felon,” says a close friend of mine and one-time drug dealer, William Spotwood.

“I made unreal money, but it wasn’t worth the time I spent locked up,” says…» Read More

Cuddle up with some eggnog
By | Arts and Entertainment Editor
Dec. 13, 2012

Jason Van Sandt-Editor in Chief Jasonv1977@gmail.com

The year was 1988, I was 11 years old and my uncle Jimmy was over for Thanksgiving dinner. My family had just finished dining when my uncle suggested we all go see a movie afterwards. This was a break in our normal holiday festivities. We would usually eat, watch television afterwards before slipping off into our turkey-fueled commas, but my uncle’s suggestion gained traction and soon we were all off to the theater to see the newest Bill Murray film the day it came out into theaters. I was amazed to see a packed theater; I had always thought people just stayed home on Thanksgiving, and also thrilled to see “Scrooged” before all my friends at school. Now no holiday season is complete until I sit and watch Bill Murray in “Scrooged.”

  Daniel Wilson-Online Managing Editor daniel.wilson8504@yahoo.com

The greatest holiday movie ever is an easy choice for me. I’ve been watching “A Christmas Story” since I was a child and have seen it at least 200 times. It combines the perfect example of the American Christmas experience with great actors, a funny and entertaining story and unforgettable scenes, quotes and moments to create…» Read More

Editorial: Finals begin...
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Dec. 12, 2012


Finals, as a typical college student may know, are defined by Dictionary.com as, “the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.”But why restrict finals at City College with the words like “last” or “examination”? Look around campus during the next week and notice that it’s more like a college cultural phenomenon. Small groups begin to cluster together at every corner, collectively gathering knowledge. Coffee begins to gain some new fans. Finals are an amazing and necessary thing for students to go through semester in and semester out. Now is the time to review what’s been learned and not learned, not only in the classroom, but also in how the semester was lived and know that nothing is final. Students are here to learn, and the vision of finals is that of students who are doing it right. Of course some students are cramming from not going to class, or are looking at their laptops with their eyebrows raised because something interesting is happening on Facebook. As students in a community college, most of us are hardly reaching the end of anything, because the next step will always be a new learning experience. Whether you are transferring to…» Read More

Pushing through school while pregnant
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 3, 2012

Uncomfortable? Yes. Attitude issues? Absolutely. Urinating non-stop? Oh my gosh!  Hungry all day? Yes, I have to eat or I will throw up, and it’s not pretty.

Is it easy being pregnant and going to college? No. My life as a pregnant student is taking a toll on me. It’s getting harder and harder, as my pregnancy progresses.

I feel tired all the time. In fact, I’m usually exhausted and don’t want to do anything at all. Most of the time I don’t even want to go to school or do my homework.

I have to, though, because I don’t want to be a failure. I just want the best for my unborn son, Mykel. Having kids makes you want to change and become a better person. I fight through the pregnancy pains and still come to school, and do what I have to do. I want to be a good role model for my son. I want him to know one day that he can be whatever he wants, he just has to do things he’s never done before.

Still, being pregnant is not fun at all. Everyone says it’s a beautiful thing, but not to me. The only…» Read More