A passion for fashion
By | Editor-in-Chief
Dec. 11, 2013

FOR MANY STUDENTS, ATTENDING a community college isn’t just about completing coursework and earning a degree.

It’s also about exploring one’s passion and establishing business relationships that can last a lifetime.

City College sophomores Daniel Ocampo, sociology major, and Johnny Sam, flight technology major, met in English Writing 100 this semester and have since turned their friendship into a business venture, a clothing line called Stayseen Collective, that they hope will become a local phenomenon.

Ocampo says it took about four years to find someone who was serious about starting a business with him. He explains that the idea for the name came to him shortly after he graduated high school while he was considering the creation of a YouTube channel with some friends. Later, Stayseen Collective became the name of the clothing line.

“I just want to be visual,” said Ocampo.

But Ocampo says the people he originally worked with weren’t willing to commit to the venture as much as he would have liked, and it wasn’t until he met his friend and business partner, Sam, that the idea took off.

“I’ve gone through a lot of business partnerships with people and then I met [Johnny], and he had…» Read More

Senate president leads with skill and determination
By | Guest Writer
Dec. 11, 2013

Presidents are not made, they’re chosen, so the saying goes.

Sandeep Singh, president of the City College Student Senate, was chosen, picked  by the students on campus who saw he had the willpower within to make changes that make a difference.

“I just want to help,” says Singh.

Singh, 19, joined the Senate in fall 2012, and he has made his way to the top— fast. He says his passion is trying to understand situations with given resources, and that’s exactly what the Student Senate was looking for. His communication and interaction skills got him noticed by many peers. Singh was then offered a position in the Student Senate, where he walked into it with open arms.

“He thinks things through,” says City College Senator and colleague Lincoln Scott, who admires Singh’s empathy and understanding.

Singh’s accomplishments are many. He has recruited and filled executive positions for the Student Senate within one month. No easy task. He has attracted active and passionate members of whom he is proud. He has attended Chancellor Cabinet Meetings and has been requested to speak at events and public speaking. Additionally, he works on countless projects: a campus suggestions box, student discounts, billboards and more.

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Not just a card game
By | Staff writer
Dec. 11, 2013

The smell of Body odor of cheap plastic tabletops. Posters plastered on every wall. This is what it feels like to be in a comic book store.

Though some people are off reading comics or playing videogames on a console in the corner, others are playing card games. To some people, a game is something that is played on occasion and done for fun.  For others, it is a lifetime passion. For a select few, it is a way to make money and win prizes.

Jacky Fu, a 20-year-old City College student, does all this. Sitting slightly hunched over with thick, black glasses and equally dark hair, Fu takes up his card-playing stance. This slouch started when he got his first set of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in fifth grade and since then, has been his Yu-Gi-Oh!  playing position. More recently, the stance has carried him into the competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament scene.

“Ever since I went to my first locals, just like down the street, I was like, ‘Wow, this game is actually way more complicated than it needs to be,’” says Fu. “So I decided to learn all the rulings.”

Playing at a local card shop and practicing with teammates Tamarrier…» Read More

By | Guest writer
Dec. 11, 2013

IMAGINE WAKING UP EARLY before the sun has risen. Frost still covers your car. You arrive one half-hour early to prepare for a 10-hour day. First, you defrost your frozen hands on a hot cup of coffee. Next, you get paperwork ready for newcomers before you fetch the wing commander to start training.

Once a month and two weeks out of the year on annual tour, Beatriz Zapien leaves her civilian lifestyle to go to work for the Air Force Reserves at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville.

Zapien, who is in the nursing program at City College, is roughly 5-feet, 8-inches tall and has slender arms and legs. She is 21 years old, has shoulder-length chocolate-brown hair, light-brown eyes and a sweet smile that matches her giggly laugh.

Zapien weighs about 115 pounds, but that doesn’t stop her from performing as an airman with her 940th Force Support Squadron unit. She looks delicate on the outside, but can kick some butt if she has to. After all, she is competing in a man’s world where women are still a minority.

During her weekend commitment, Zapien and other flight members run, go to the gym for a couple of hours,…» Read More

Custodial conversation
By | Guest writer
Dec. 11, 2013

A FLEET OF SMALL “cone orange” trucks sits dormant outside the receiving area at City College as the custodial staff takes a mid-morning break.

This brick building near the center of campus houses the shipping and receiving dock, a handful of offices and a small break room where a quartet of men sit in creaky chairs and chat over snacks. These men serve as the stewards of the campus, tasked with maintaining the buildings and grounds.

City College custodian Harry Outlaw  has worked on campus for 39 years and will be retiring at the end of this year. He sits in the far corner with a grin lighting up his face.

“We keep the place clean and tidy, set up for various functions, and teardown,” says Outlaw as the other custodians in the room nod their assent. “We basically keep things running around here.”

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By | Staff Writer
Dec. 10, 2013

“Shyness is the awkwardness or apprehension some people feel when approaching or getting approached by other people,” so states Psychology Today.For some people, shyness can be seen as a character flaw, or some form of a disability or neither. It can prevent people from participating in normal social exchanges, and cause them to miss out in life.

“I don’t think it’s a ‘character flaw’ if it’s what you would call a typical average shyness. Everyone has aspects of their personality that you could classify as being shy,” said Dr. Alan Keys, City College psychology professor.

It is a part of one’s personality that may have been taught at a young age that children should be seen and not heard. Or shyness was simply caused by some incident in their life that made them tend to avoid interacting with people.

“It is not a ‘character’ it is not a ‘flaw’, and there are shy people in the world who get along very well.” said Angelia Jovanovic, a City College counselor. “It can be a character trait but I believe some research has shown that it can be physiological too. It’s not only how you have been brought up but it…» Read More

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

Empowering youth to overcome challenges
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 6, 2013

Chris Robinson, 29, a student at City College who is majoring in interpersonal communications, says he is trying to fulfill a personal dream to provide mentoring to needy Sacramento. Robinson says he helps teens face their negativity, ignorance about being responsible for their actions and lack of positive self-image when he helps them recognize their own power of conscious choice.

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Public relations sidelined
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 5, 2013

Amanda Davis, City College public information officer, is usually very active, running four days a week. But since she broke her fibula Oct. 6, she’s had to slow down.

Davis will be recuperating for 10 to 12 weeks to heal what she called “a straight across break” that doesn’t require surgery. But she needs a cast for about a month, and then she will spend two months out of the cast in a brace.

“It’s harder to get around campus,” said Davis. “I have to ask for help when I usually wouldn’t, and [I] needed help getting from the car to the office in the first week.”

Like many City College students and employees, Davis balances her work life with her home life, which includes her husband, Taron, and their two sons, who are a year old and 2 years old.

She enjoys running. Years ago Davis ran a half marathon, and now she has a jogging stroller so she can take her sons with her.

“It’s harder to stay active with the kids because I want to spend all my free time with them and not my free time doing other things,” Davis said. “We find ways to stay…» Read More

By | Guest Writer
Dec. 4, 2013

Take a look around you right now.  Have you noticed how diverse the City College campus is? Not just in race, ethnicity and gender, but also in age.

According to the City College website, 18,360 students walked around the campus last semester. The ages of those people were anywhere from under the age of 18 to more than age of 40.

Still, most people think of a college student as someone just out of high school. There are many reasons why students choose to join City College right after high school or wait a while before diving into the college scene.

City College Admissions and Records Supervisor Kim Goff says there are two kinds of high school graduates.

“There’re the ones who knows what they’re going to do when they come and those who don’t,” Goff says.

Goff explains how some may know that they want to come here to transfer or get some kind of degree, and how some students are here because college is the next step after high school or how they’re pressured by their parents to go to college.

“Some come here and they are motivated to get in and out to transfer or get some…» Read More