In 1970 students at Sacramento City College staged a non-violent protest to the Vietnam War. For two days the students occupied campus offices and buildings,…
There’s a very annoying, demanding and guilt-tripping bunch on campus. No, they’re not our professors, they’re the petitioners, who skulk around campus and bother you…
A City College student received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke award, one of only 85 nationally to receive the scholarship. A former RISE student earns her Ph.D. A student with a disability holds an art show. These are just a few of the individual student success stories chronicled in this edition of the Express, the last issue of 2013-2014 academic year.
Throughout this semester and through the history of this college many similar stories have gone unreported. The individual stories of the successes at City College are vast and would be impossible to cover in one campus paper. Likewise, graduation or transfer rates and other data used to determine if a community college is successful do not include individual triumphs or personal milestones of its students.
It only took me six months to go from being overweight and out of shape to being in great condition because of exercise, so when I heard that City College President Kathryn Jeffery started a campaign called “Come Walk with Me,” I immediately jumped on the opportunity to walk and share the experience with her.
I was the poster boy for how to be overweight and out of shape. I overate and spent almost all of my time indoors.
As well as I got along with people in high school, it was still embarrassing to be around people who were physically fit while I was a bucket of grease. Toward the end of my freshman year, my entire class of over 100 people tested to see how long each person could run five laps. I finished dead last.
Two years ago in my senior year, I found myself in need of P.E. credits, so I was told to go out and get eight hours of exercise per week. From then on, I started walking one to two hours every day. I lost 60 pounds and got into tremendous physical shape in just five months.
The front page headline of the April 28 Sacramento Bee boldly claimed, “Sacramento performing arts center could be next big-ticket item for city.” The article, by Hudson Sangree and Edward Ortiz, describes the debate over renovating the Community Center Theater, a tremendous and ugly cement block of a building at 13th and L streets, or starting fresh and constructing a new, state-of-the-art performing arts center.
The existing theater needs about $11 million in renovations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. An accompanying facelift for the theater has been proposed for $52 million.
“That’s just what happens at parties.” A rape victim’s friend gave her this reason as why the victim’s rapist attacked. The submission was written on a piece of cardboard and held up to the camera for Project Unbreakable, a website for rape victims to confront their past.
Another submission, written on a piece of lined paper and held up by a tattooed young man, told the camera what his rapist had told him: “This is how men learn to be men.”
These statements are more than just acts of awareness by rape victims. These statements serve to heighten awareness of what today’s generation calls ‘rape culture.’
However, some have countered recently that there is no such thing as rape culture.
Whether a writer is seeking it or not, there is a degree of anonymity in authorship.
And it takes courage to peek out from behind written pages and share one’s works aloud. Authors find themselves on a stage facing a crowd, a book held in shaking hands, and wondering how they’re going to make it through.
But, for those willing to step away from the shadows and into the spotlight, open mics and reading events can be very rewarding.
“It gives an opportunity to students to share their work in ways that’s more than just on a page,” says Dr. Steve Cirrone, a City College English professor and adviser for the school’s annual literary journal, Susurrus.
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.