September 11
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Sept. 12, 2012

On Sept. 11, 2001 many of us woke up with not much on our minds except what our plans were for that day or what we would eat for breakfast. Yet no one knew that the country would forever be changed.

In the coming weeks, months and years—it’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

The weeks, months and years to come have proved a difference in the way people think, interact with one another, and view America as a country. For many of us, fears of further attacks turned into sadness, sadness turned into anger and anger turned into a desire for revenge. Regardless, of the feelings people hold for those who committed the attacks, one thing is for sure, America became a closer nation on that tragic day.

A lot of Americans learned the true meaning behind the word: freedom. The most important thing to remember today and forever is to honor those who gave their lives to uphold that meaning. We should honor and remember not only the victims, but the brave men and women of the New York…» Read More

Editorial: ‘Legitimate rape’
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Sept. 12, 2012

During an interview for The Jaco Report on Fox 2 (KTVI) on Aug. 19 in St. Louis Mo., Republican Congressman Todd Akin uttered one of the most ignorant and insensitive statements by a politician and set off a national media frenzy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [rape related pregnancy] is really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

What is most disheartening about Akin’s beliefs on rape is that his use of the word “legitimate” to characterize rape reveals that he, like many others, is quick to attack the victim and question the validity of their claim.

According to a study performed by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1996, an estimated 5 percent of rape victims, or 32,101 women, will end up pregnant as a result of being raped in the United States of America.

It is hard to decide which is more disgusting: that an estimated 32,201 women are victims of rape-related pregnancies each year, or that this number represents only 5 percent of the total number of women victimized by rape in the US annually.

Not only…» Read More

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May 4, 2012

I have spent the past two-and-one-half years at City College, and though I truly treasure my experiences here, friendships I’ve made, teachers I’ve gotten to know and the plethora of knowledge I’ve obtained, it’s time to move on.

It’s a mixture of excitement and dread all at once, every ounce of work you’ve put into obtaining that AA degree or getting good grades has led up to this one defining moment: transferring.

I applied to several schools and was accepted as a double major in psychology and journalism at several schools. Many schools were impacted, didn’t suit me financially or didn’t have all the elements I was looking for in both learning departments. Believe it or not, I settled on Sacramento State University and will be attending in the fall of this year with an AA degree in psychology in hand.

The last time I made an appointment with a random City College counselor was over a year ago. I made sure that we had a game plan of what I needed to do to before I transferred. I didn’t want to keep going back.

The following are suggestions I gathered from my experience for those of you who plan…» Read More

By | Guest Writer
May 4, 2012

A few points of contention regarding the May 1st editorial:  So, what this article is glossing over is the fact that since Obama took office, funding for education has decreased. There are no sharp barbs for the president and democrats who allowed this to happen while they held power with two out of three government branches for two years (2008-10). What was mentioned is that Republicans have a majority in the house of reps, which would lead me to believe that the GOP was complicit in the education cuts and that they forced Obama’s hand in making them. There is blame to go around for our government’s failing, to omit the Democrats while naming Republicans as part of this problem’s genesis is a little depressing to me. Its not hard to imagine why though, Republicans are such an easy target for California college students with leftist sympathies. In the same paragraph you say that its important for the less fortunate to obtain a higher education to compete in the workforce. This is true, however, how much would the value of higher education be worth if everyone took part? Its the exclusivity of the club that brings on the perks. I…» Read More

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May 2, 2012

City College students have seen fees almost double in the last two years while financial aid has become increasingly more difficult to obtain, forcing many more students to turn to student loans to struggle even more to pay their way through college.

According to Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, student loan debt has fi nally exceeded $1 trillion, while the cost of higher education has grown more than 800 percent since 1980 and continues to do so. This is why Applebaum is advocating for the government to pass legislation—HR 4170: Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012—to forgive student loan debt for qualified individuals and to cap interest rates at 3.4 percent.

Last week President Barack Obama went on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to “slow jam the news” and inform the public that interest rates are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, burdening an already overextended portion of the populous.

“I’ve called on Congress to prevent this from happening,” slow-jammed Obama. “Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.”

Why shouldn’t the government pass legislation that will put more money back in the hands of hardworking people struggling to pay back…» Read More

By | Guest Writer
May 1, 2012

My boyfriend and I were throwing away our old vacuum a couple of weeks ago, and he had to coax me into not putting it out on the street with the trash. He said, “Why don’t you let me take it to the Goodwill for donation?” I had to think before I said okay. I assumed someone would come along and pick it up, someone who needed a vacuum. Sometimes I forget everyone doesn’t go through garbage like I do. Though my boyfriend convinced me to donate it, some part of me thinks the vacuum would have disappeared had we left it out on the curb, in the hours before the trash-men came.

My favorite Teflon-coated purple pans came from the trash. I look around the apartment and note everything I see that came from a Dumpster: the glass Corningware, two of the four lamps, the art on the wall, one of the potted plants, one of the pots, a table, hangers, the rugs, the cat’s litter box, the garbage can with a swinging lid, the Walkman and radio, the manila folders used to file paperwork in the accordion binder, the various pens, sticky notes, paper clips and rubber bands…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 30, 2012

When it comes to getting your daily dose of veggies and fruit, do you go to the standard grocery store or the musty, crowded encampment of Wal-mart? What about one-of-a-kind arts, crafts, and knick-knacks made from local artists and antique collectors?

Why, I must ask then, would you go anywhere else in Sacramento when we have such a diverse, colorful and abundant number of farmers’ and flea markets where you can get servings of all kinds of healthy, cultural and affordable food, among many other things?

There are more than 10 farmer’s markets in Sacramento alone, not including the gigantic Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Roseville. Being surrounded by farmland is a plus for us Sacramentans, for we have true green-thumbed beings just down the road that bring their products to us. So why not take advantage of this, especially since we’re poor, struggling college students?

If you live downtown, on Wednesdays you can mosey on over to Caesar Chavez Park (10th and J streets) for an early morning roundup of farm fresh products that will leave your pocket full and your stomach even fuller. Between May and October from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. around the fountain…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 19, 2012

It is the night I will always remember because it was a night that was never promised to me. I anticipated hearing my full name called —not by one of my parents because I was in trouble, but by a

woman that I had met only hours before. Around me sat 32 people my age, all wearing similar outfits, waiting for something, the same thing: to walk to the front of the stage of Sun River Church’s main sanctuary to be met by our parents so that they could hand us our high school diplomas.

Sometimes people ask me why I care so much about my educational goals. What those people don’t know is what it took me to get to college. They don’t know how many tears I shed, how much frustration I experienced had to face to become the person I am today.

At the age of 8 years old, I was diagnosed with an auditory and sensory processing disorder. Some characteristics of an auditory are having trouble paying attention and remembering information, having poor listening skills, and having difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling and vocabulary. I still struggle with these on daily basis. Some characteristics of a…» Read More

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April 18, 2012

When someone loses his or her wallet, cell phone or other treasured property, more often than not they bid farewell to their belongings forever. Ever-fluctuating crime rates have people doubting the integrity of their fellow man and expecting shady behavior.

Location plays a large role in the safety of your personal property but even in Sacramento, a city with its fair share of seedy neighborhoods, you will still find a few honest, good men and women.

City College student Lia Rose never thought she would see her wallet again after her car was broken into near her home in Rosemont. Her window was broken, and her backpack containing her textbooks and wallet were taken. Two hours after she found her car broken in to, Rose received a call from a friend who was contacted by a couple in the neighborhood. They had found Rose’s wallet in their trashcan.

“They were very concerned about me not having my wallet,” she said. “I was absolutely surprised; I never thought I would see it again.”

Although $7 was missing from the wallet, all Rose’s credit cards and her ID were still intact.

In 2009 the property crime rate in Sacramento was…» Read More

By | Staff Writer
April 17, 2012

Kid Rock, Drew Barrymore, Jason Williams, Heidi Klum, Mike Tyson and Janet Jackson are all on different ends of the celebrity spectrum, but all have one thing in common: They all sport tattoos.

Many would say that this is nothing more than a cheap trend that, like ink, will eventually fade with time, but they couldn’t be more than wrong. Tattooing is more than just a trend. It’s a form of self-expression that has been around for millennia and is here to stay.

This form of self-expression has been around for centuries. According to an article on nationalgeographic.com, the first tattoo can be dated back 5,000 years. Tattoos served different purposes and held different meanings depending on the civilization. For example, Britons who fought the Ancient Romans wore tattoos as badges of honor, and women in ancient Egypt wore tattoos to symbolize their religious faith. There are many reasons for wearing a tattoo, but one of the oldest and most popular reasons is that it enhances the beauty of the person who is tattooed.

Over the last decade, there has been a significant growth in the tattoo industry in the United States. According to a compilation of statistics regarding tattooing…» Read More

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