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A little help goes a long way
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Feb. 8, 2010

Additional reporting by Vincent Fernandez

Haitian people experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 that shocked the nation. Although the country of Haiti is thousands of miles away from City College, it didn’t take long for our small community on campus to reach out to those across the globe.

With the start of a new semester, City College students and faculty are doing everything they can to help Haiti by running donation drives such as Soles 4 Souls and Brick by Brick. Soles 4 Souls was a shoe drive that ran for two days on campus, organized by the Honors Club. Victoria Henderson, Cultural Awareness Center coordinator, is extremely grateful for the efforts and support City College has done for the country of Haiti.

“I think it’s certainly a sad tragedy, but it’s an important learning experience for all of us and I would like to thank all of you who participated in the shoe drive that we had. I want you to know Sacramento City College collected 1,200 pairs of shoes,” says Henderson.

Along with two donation drives, the Cultural Awareness Center hosted an event called “Haiti: In the Aftermath of an Earthquake” in regards to the…» Read More



Photo by || Christopher Geanakos || geanak@imail.losrios.edu ||
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Feb. 8, 2010

You’re in the grocery store, starving from a long day at school and hunger pangs take over your ability to think straight. Instead of opting for chicken and rice, you grab a cheap box of macaroni n’ cheese.

However, some instructors and students think they can change this popular fast food trend.

Many students are on a tight budget, so it’s easy to assume junk food is the best financial choice. City College Nutrition Instructor Nadine Kirkpatrick thinks otherwise. She feels junk food is not the only option.

“Grab things to go that are good for you,” says Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick suggests whole wheat crackers with peanut butter and yogurt as healthy alternatives that fit easily into a backpack. She also gives tips when purchasing fruits and vegetables.

“Anything in season and in bulk is going to be very inexpensive,” says Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick feels students don’t have to spend a lot of money on eating healthy if they are smart about it and plan well. She also feels that a student can find ways to eat these healthy foods and still stay full.

“To keep full you need something that has protein in it, and has fiber,” says Kirkpatrick. Junk food…» Read More



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Feb. 8, 2010

Chocolate candy is stuck between your teeth and pink is splattered everywhere you look.

You’re tired of hearing “Happy Valentine’s Day!” but relieved to have the excuse to gorge out on candy.

For many people, Valentine’s Day is a cheesy, expensive holiday filled with candy and flowers, but what most people don’t realize is Valentine’s Day has an important historical meaning behind it.

Did you know Saint Valentine’s Day is a unique holiday that brings in over $14 billion annually and holds remnants of Christian and ancient Roman traditions? Isn’t it funny how Saint Valentine was beheaded because of secretly marrying lovers, but today it is the most romantic holiday of the year?

Many people may feel pressured into doing something for their loved ones on this day, while others look forward to the celebration of love.

Tom Miner, City College English instructor, says he looks forward to Valentine’s Day, “Since my wife is from Belgium, she’s an expert on gourmet chocolate,” Miner says.

Students have family traditions when it comes to Valentine’s Day too.

“When I was little, my mom would send us sweetheart candies in our lunch,” says City College business major Sophia Lopez.

One legend states Saint Valentine…» Read More



New ASG president and vice president appointed
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Feb. 8, 2010

The loud thud of a wooden gavel brought silence to the Associated Student Government meeting on Jan. 27 in the City Café as newly appointed ASG president Debby Dixon led the board in its first official board meeting since Steve Macias’ resignation from the presidency.

“Because our prior president resigned, we just move up in order of succession,” Dixon said, regarding the process of vacant student government positions. “My goal is to best serve the students; it’s been my goal the whole time.”

Former ASG president Macias, resigned on Jan. 20 at an unofficial board meeting in the City Café. Macias was scheduled to appear at two judicial hearings on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 regarding possible impeachment. Students on campus began a petition last semester to recall Macias based on the events of Constitution Day with the Genocide Awareness Project’s graphic anti-abortion displays and also for not completing mandatory ASG presidential duties.

At the Jan. 27 ASG board meeting, Dixon was unanimously affirmed by the board to be appointed the new ASG president of City College, while Justin Turner former commissioner of public relations was appointed ASG vice president.

According to ASG vice president, Turner, Macias was said to…» Read More



Changes aplenty for City College
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Feb. 8, 2010

A number of changes welcomed faculty, staff and students back to City College this spring semester as the Downtown Center closes, the West Sacramento campus moves into its sleek, new facility and several departments relocate off of the main campus.

While the campus has already seen several campus upgrades over the last several years, there are plans to continue renovating college grounds and buildings over the next five years.

The Downtown Center officially closed during this past holiday break and on Jan. 6, merged with the new West Sacramento center located on West Capitol Avenue.

“I like the new West Sacramento Center a lot,” said student Ana Ayon. “It’s looks really nice and modern. And it’s convenient because it only takes me two buses from my house.”

However, because of the consolidation of these two facilities, many students may need to find other alternatives or take classes at a different City College center.

“It’s a major change,” said City College Director of Operations Greg Hayman. “One of the programs that actually moved out there is the Administration of Justice. The A.J. facility has relocated out to West Sac on the third floor and they’re teaching most of the classes there….» Read More



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Feb. 8, 2010

Additional reporting by Crystal Anderson.

City College earned the highest rating possible when its status as an accredited institution was reaffirmed recently by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, according to a Feb. 2 announcement by City College President Kathryn Jeffery.

Accreditation, according to the ACCJC’s Web site, is granted to an educational institution that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational excellence.

“We’ve decided ourselves, as an institution, as a district, that we are going to follow a certain set of standards. It’s a voluntary decision,” said Kelly Irwin, senior IT technician and the classified chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee’s tri-chairs. “What that means for the institution, and for students, is that if we are accredited your units can be transferred to other accredited institutions.”

City College earned the commission’s highest rating of reaffirmation of accreditation, but must submit a follow-up report by March 13, 2011. According to the letter of accreditation issued Jan. 29, the commission recommends the college begin an assessment of student learning outcomes at all levels of instruction in order to meet the standards by 2012.

The process of accreditation involved administrators and the student body.

“Student input…» Read More



Security ramps up
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Feb. 8, 2010

With a number of security upgrades currently underway on campus, a result of the Los Rios Community College District’s effort to beef-up security on each four of its campuses, City College has taken a decidedly proactive approach to ensuring the safety of its faculty, staff and students.

“Several programs have been funded by the district with regard to safety,” said Greg Hayman, director of Operations. “But it’s really an ongoing process.”

A multi-phase project to install security cameras throughout the district, the replacement of doors with swing-type door hardware and the implementation of the Wide Area Rapid Notification system are in the process of being implemented, according to a report issued by the LRCCD’s Preparedness Assessment Team.

“The emergency notification system sends warnings via email, text and phone,” Hayman said. “A group of us met on Jan. 12 to go over protocols and standard messages, and we’re hoping to implement it by the end of the spring semester, but we’re just getting it all set up now.”

According to the same PAT report, in the wake of several high profile incidents of violence on campuses nationwide, the district created the group in 2007 to enhance its emergency preparedness. “The district…» Read More



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Feb. 8, 2010

Admit it. You race home in order to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Family Guy”. Whether we care to admit it or not we plan our lives around TV, talking about the next big show with the hot all-star cast or wondering who will be crowned with an Academy Award.

You get home after a long day of work and you sit down on your comfy couch with a bucket of popcorn and a glass of wine. Now it’s only you and your TV, sharing an intimate experience of you transferring to another world.

Hi everyone, my name is Genevieve Jerome and I am your new features editor. Welcome to my review column. Here I will be reviewing local events along with anything artistic that may be going on at City College, feeling free to give my two cents on actor’s ability and student’s creativity.

Being an experienced TV watcher and actress, I’m always looking for an actor’s ability to move me with their words. With 21 years of experience in the acting business, I know a thing or two about theater, films and the arts. Enough about me, let’s talk about all things creative offered at City College.

First off…» Read More



City College sign vandalized
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Jan. 27, 2010

In the early morning hours of Jan. 27, taggers hit the City College sign located at the intersection of Sutterville and Freeport. The graffiti on one side was spread across the entire L.E.D. sign.

“If anything used to try and clean it melts the L.E.D.’s … the sign may in fact be ruined,” said City College painter Stephen Coleman.

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ASG president resigns
By | Multimedia Editor
Jan. 20, 2010

Embattled Associated Student Government President Steve Macias resigned Jan. 20 during an unofficial ASG meeting, leaving former Vice President Debby Dixon to fill in as interim president.

“We are going to be entertaining presidential nominations on our next meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 27), at noon,” Dixon said.

Dixon also said that she thanked Macias for his services during the unofficial meeting.

Macias has not yet commented on his resignation but said he plans to issue a prepared statement soon.

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