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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

State champions, three reasons softball triumphs
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March 18, 2013

Last season, the City College softball team went 5-15 in the Big 8 Conference, 11-26-1 overall. Anytime a team has more than double the losses than recorded victories, it’s heartbreaking for the fan base. A silver lining to this disappointing tale is that the teams deficient attempt at relevancy in the Big 8 last season makes  it that much more enjoyable to see them take the conference by storm this year. There are three substantial reasons why this year’s team is set to bring a championship back to City College in 2013.

• Keeping Pace: The softball team has gone from not ranked at all in the preseason to being ranked seventh in the latest California Community College Athletic Association’s state poll and third ranked in the Nor-Cal region. The team is currently showing that its members can keep pace by not only scoring more than 100 runs so far this season, but by having a better record than rival Sierra College (10-6-1) and the reigning state champions from Cypress College (12-3).

• Molly Ryan: This team has a multifaceted 20-year-old sophomore who plays both infield and out field while leading her team in almost every quantitative category of offense….» Read More

CITY TALK - Sexless at SCC
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March 12, 2013

With books to read, assignments to complete and essays to write, students at City College aren’t left with much time for recreation. The Express was curious what students give up in the wake of a busy schedule, so this week we asked students if their schoolwork ever gets in the way of their sex life.

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By | News Editor
Feb. 28, 2013

People value their personal privacy, as evidenced by bathroom door locks, window blinds and passwords.

As Americans, however, we don’t just value privacy—we expect it. And since­ The Privacy Act of 1975 guarantees privacy, any sense of self-entitlement to such is rightly ours. Recently though, our constitutional right to all things private has been under attack, giving room to question if we really have as much privacy as we once allowed ourselves to believe.

Take for example, the use of unmanned aircraft, more commonly referred to as drones. Drones have been making headlines quite a bit lately—twice on the front page of ­the Sacramento Bee this month, and not for accomplishments in terms of the fight on terrorism. Rather, on speculation of whether our privacy is under attack by law enforcement agencies right here in the U.S.

Yes, federal law does prohibit the use of drones in densely populated urban areas. However, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fact Sheet released Feb. 15 by the Federal Aviation Administration says there is a way around the prohibition. One only needs “to obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for public aircraft.” ­

The UAS Fact Sheet goes on to explain,…» Read More

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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