Hundreds turn out for Welcome Day

A barbecue grill is smoking and being attended to by a male student.

Student Associated Council grills up some barbecue for students in the City College Quad during the Welcome Day festivities. Jason Van Sandt |

City College’s first-ever Week of Welcome took place across campus this past week, including Welcome Day, an event  that created a place for clubs and programs to showcase opportunities available to students.

Welcome Day was held Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the quad and featured several events, such as the dance and cheer team performing a number in a pep rally, a barbecue with burgers and hot dogs, and club and academic program tables to provide information to students.

A few of the presenters at the event included the Sac City Free Thinkers, a voter registry put on by the Student Associated Council, and a job booth for Sketchers shoes.

“It’s like a giant megaphone to make the student voice more audible,” said Autumn Thomas-Morales of Occupy Sac City, a new group on campus, which intends to give an open forum for students to voice their concerns relating to the education process.

The Electronics Students Association, which was present at Welcome Day, recently won first prize at the state fair with a mechanism

that converts sound energy into a beam of light, then back into sound. If the beam of light is broken, the sound stops. Other projects of the group include a horde of robots

A female student with dark hair has her hands on her hips and smiles.

Anne Zavala spoke with students as they stopped by the Sci Tech club table on Thursday, September 13. Photo by Jason Van Sandt |

and an electromagnetic device based on technology developed by Nicola Tesla.

Another group present at Welcome Day was Amnesty International.

“It’s about educating the community,” stated Jackie Pfister of the Amnesty International City College charter, a group which advocates for human rights.

They have tentatively scheduled a speaker on Oct. 1 concerning capital punishment and a demonstration on Oct. 18. The speaker is a former inmate who spent time on death row.

RISE is a student support organization that was also presenting at the Welcome Day event.  This group provides counseling, computer services, book loans, tutorial services, and college tours especially to first-year college students.

Other events held during the Week of Welcome included a poetry slam contest, an ice cream social, Culture Day and the showing of the movie “Hunger Games”.

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Daniel Wilson

In the past, Daniel Wilson was Editor in Chief of both The Express and Mainline Magazine. He is currently studying journalism at City College and is a contributing writer for The Express and Mainline Magazine.