By | Editor-in-Chief
Dec. 11, 2013

“Do you think the main role of college is to make students ready for the job market? If so, why? If not, why not?”

This may sound like a test question, but it’s actually a question posed by Katherine Schulten in a Nov. 16 article in the New York Times. In the article, Schulten suggests that college students are losing interest in the humanities as majors.

She questions whether higher education should just be about vocational and job training as opposed to focusing on the teaching of critical thinking, expanding knowledge of the world and exposing students to diverse attitudes.

As the scope of college changes, especially at community colleges, it’s certainly an interesting and relevant question. How important is it to study  elds like philosophy, culture, languages, music, art and history when these are  elds that don’t easily translate into jobs?

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By |
Dec. 11, 2013

Dear editors,

I am a student at American River College. I have attended your campus as well. I am a seasoned contributor to the cultural awareness  center for many years, in fact I was doing programming all by myself all by my lonesome when the cultural awareness center used to be  two desks in the hallway. I was fortunate to get some of our programming national attention. I was disheartened at the lack the cultural awareness demonstrated during the presentation below. I was offended and treated like a proverbial “red-headed step child” in this public forum and because I am a solution oriented individual I will be submitting (based on my previous experience with the cultural awareness center and my 40 year advocacy in the native community)a written generalization code of conduct that is culturally competent to the sensibilities of the native community because we as native people have many similarities as we do differences this list is only a general guideline to be submitted for cultural awareness’s consideration. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and your scrutiny. In peace and conciliation, Susan Reece, elder Mohawk/Odawa nations.

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Disadvantages of social networking
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 10, 2013

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are social networking sites that everyone raves about. Social networking sites are used to share pictures, catch up with friends and express how you are feeling on a daily basis.

According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 93 percent of both teens (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-29) in the United States use the Internet regularly and more than 70 percent use social networking sites. The Internet has drastically transformed the way our society connects, conducts business and socializes. From this student’s standpoint, social networking should be used less and more focus should be on face-to-face socialization with people.

I choose not to have a Facebook and Twitter account. Procon.org claims social networking entices people to waste time, complicates personality and brain disorders, and facilitates cyberbullying. When alerted to a new social networking site activity, many waste time checking out a new picture, status update, or tweet instead of focusing on work.

Using these network sites also takes a toll on your brain. Procon.org mentioned that social networking sites are connected to disorders, such as “the inability to have in-person conversations, a need for instant gratification, ADHD, and a self-centered personality, as…» Read More

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