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Dec. 11, 2009

No matter what semester, City College students can pass a course by taking advantage of the credit by examination process.

It is a convenient opportunity benefiting busy students with the knowledge or experience in a subject.

“Take it seriously,” urges Miriam Blanc, department chair of Foreign Languages. “Prepare for the test,” Spanish instructor Andrea Lucas suggests, adding that students should read the instructions closely.

It is no secret but the best way to succeed is to study. Since students are familiar with the material for which they are seeking credit, there is a tendency to put off reviewing. This is a pass or fail option, meaning it won’t affect a student’s cumulative grade point average. There are no units accumulated either, but payment for the class is required.

Students benefit from the process if they know the material.

“It is a convenience,” Blanc said. “They don’t have to come to class and they can just study for the final exam.”

She makes an agreement for the student to show up during classroom finals, which allows them to study the text on reserve in the library along with additional online resources.

“On the other hand, many times students taking…the exam would…» Read More

Dancing with Django
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Dec. 7, 2009

People in attendance jingled their keys and any spare change to accompany a music ensemble as they played “Troubland Bolero;” everyone clapped while they played “HCQ Strut,” and they sat in awe as they played “Anouman” and the auditorium was engulfed in soft melodies as music professor Bob Wrenn wandered through the aisles with his violin.

The sounds of guitars, violins and saxophones filled the City College auditorium Nov. 23 while students and spectators young and old bobbed and clapped along to the upbeat jazz music.

Wrenn directed the performance titled, “An Evening of Django Reinhardt”.

“All of the songs are written by famous jazz artist Django Reinhardt,” Wrenn says. “There are not many famous jazz artists but there is a handful, and he is one of them.”

Reinhardt and his music have been portrayed in several films including The Matrix, Kate and Leopold and The Aviator. Many music legends including B.B. King, Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix have been influence by Reinhardt and his music.

A Music for Children class taught by Michelle Schultz made up a majority of the audience, which was approximately 50 people.

“I’m here to see different kinds of music actually being played,” City College…» Read More

Preservation of sacred sites
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Dec. 7, 2009

As part of the Native American’s Month for the Cultural Awareness Center, Norman “Wounded Knee” DeOcampo of the Vallejo Intertribal Counsel and Mark LeBeau of the California Rural Indian Health Board came Nov. 17 to promote “Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes.”

The presentation was a student-organized event, which was supervised by the Cultural Awareness Center. The key speakers elaborated on the crimes that are occurring on their sacred land.

DeOcampo spoke about the violations against his people and their ancestors, such as the transferring of ancient human remains to lockers or constructing buildings on top of Indian burial grounds.

“A lot of our sacred sites are being desecrated by developers and bureaucrats,” DeOcampo says. “They keep desecrating our sacred places. They’re like leeches. They’re like a cancer, they keep going from one site to another site to another site.”

Many of the lands that both DeOcampo and LeBeau spoke about are being turned into parking lots, churches, public parks and housing.

“Sacred sites are disappearing at a rapid rate,” says Tamara Cheshire, an anthropology instructor at City College. “Either they are being demolished and dug up or covered with water because of dams in the name of…» Read More

Where art thou
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Dec. 7, 2009

Walking through the cafeteria you can see the door to Room 1 draped with colorful Christmas lights and a sign that reads “Holiday Art Sale.”

The annual Holiday Art Sale is the Kondos Gallery’s “bread and butter,” according to Jennifer Griffen, an instructor assistant in art.

“The gallery receives no outside help,” Griffen says. “We get a $1,500 yearly stipend and the rest of our revenue comes from our annual art sale.”

Art student Barbara Gouvea, who does silk screen shirts, also helps with the sale.

“As participating art students we receive 85 percent of the price marked and the gallery receives 15 percent for their help and support,” Gouvea says.

The art sale is traditionally held in the art gallery, but since the new Fine Arts building and Kondos Gallery are under construction and won’t be finished until next year, the event moved temporarily to the cafeteria meeting rooms.

“We’ve seen more traffic this year than usual but sales are not significantly better,” says Griffen. “We are getting more exposure to different types of customers being here in the cafeteria.”

The art is a collection from current students, faculty and art student alumni. Anyone is…» Read More

Not just a cheerleader
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Dec. 7, 2009

When it comes to leadership, President Obama isn’t the only one with a lot on his plate. Imagine being only 20 years old, attending college full time, working at a local Bel-Air approximately 27 hours a week, and being responsible for a team of women who are counting on you to make an entire season successful. Meet Tracey Russell, captain of Sacramento City College’s cheerleading squad.

Russell originally decided to attend City College because of its good reputation, the price and because of all the good she heard about the campus.  She is now a third-year student at City College, majoring in graphic design, and knows the meaning of dedication and hard work.

“Everyday that I’m not at school, I’m at work.” she says.

On a normal day, Russell wakes up at 6 a.m., arrives at school by 7:15 a.m., practices cheer from 7:30 a.m. to almost 9 a.m., rushes to another practice with the hip-hop competition squad until 10 a.m., grabs a quick bite for lunch, then spends the rest of her day in class, working on homework and preparing for the next practice and game.

“It was very hard for me in the beginning [and] it’s a lot…» Read More

Strong like a mountain
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Dec. 7, 2009

Native American women experience a harsh and oftentimes brutal reality, like salmon swimming upstream.

The classic image of the Native American culture is much like the river—strong and a provider of the home. Unfortunately for many Native-American women that home is plagued by violence perpetuated by a community of silence.

A face was given to the plight of Native-American women who have suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse, three faces in fact, when the Cultural Awareness Center presented a panel discussion on Nov. 19 featuring stories of domestic violence survival by three women willing to bare their souls in a room full of strangers.

“What I can tell you today is it can escalate to the point where you have no control whatsoever,” says Teresa Towne, First Nation Cree and Northern Paiute and member of City College’s Indigenous People’s Club. “When we went to the police, you know what they said to me? ‘Native American women are used to this, there’s a lot of you in this system.’”

Emma Snuggs, panel speaker and domestic violence victim shared her reactions to violence Native American women experience.

“I’m pretty mad, like I’m angry about what has happened to me and it makes…» Read More

A closer look: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ causes heavy slumber
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Dec. 7, 2009

City College’s Storytime Theatre has a new production, the title of which couldn’t better represent the audience’s reaction for its 30-minute run. The minute “Sleeping Beauty” began, it was as if an enchanted snoozing spell had been cast over audience.

The play is meant to be an adaptation of the Disney animated film, but it was anything but: The children in attendance looked like confused vegetables sitting in front of a television set. The story and performances didn’t squeeze even a chuckle or giggle out of them. The only line that drew a slight laugh was toward the end when the king, portrayed by Robert Born, says, “I had a dream that the Sacramento Kings had a winning season.”

But guess who laughed — adults of at least 40 years of age.

The casting choices were questionable. The queen, portrayed by Stephanie Davis, tried to be funny yet commanding, like Carol Burnett in the film “Annie” but this performance fell flat and was unconvincing. She appeared like an evil stepmother or egotistical actress seeking out the center of attention and the limelight. The magic bird, portrayed by Suzanne Neil, was supposed to be enchanting and lovely gilded bird, according to…» Read More

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Dec. 7, 2009

Hiroko Kuboki’s inspiration for cosmetology stems from her childhood when her mother would creatively style her hair for school every morning. Thus Kuboki’s appreciation for hair and beauty formed.

In high school, Kuboki’s friends would allow her to apply make-up and create funky hairstyles that exemplified the current trends.

“I mainly did up-do’s, braids or any other style with a comb and styling gel,” Kuboki says.

Kuboki decided at 15 years old that she wanted to study in the United States after a family vacation in Los Angeles and Seattle. Kuboki ultimately decided to study in City College.

“I researched different schools. I wanted to go to school with a diverse mix of students.” Kuboki says. “I found that this school was diverse and the cost of living was good for me too.”

As her day at City College begins, the 22-year-old, third-year international cosmetology student from Japan, listens to a morning lecture. An hour later, Kuboki prepares to work with clients in order to transform their looks.

“I enjoy working with the clients because I like making them feel good inside as well as on the outside.” Kuboki says. “I like to see the satisfaction on their faces when…» Read More

Die-hard veteran
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Dec. 7, 2009

By 22, he’d seen more than most do their entire lives.

By then, he’d lived in an abandoned mall. He’d made his living picking up dead bodies — hoping they weren’t hiding a bomb. He’d been in multiple gunfights and had his vehicle blown up three times. He’d shot and killed people. He’d lost friends.

Now 24, veteran Justin Turner has been home for two years. But his time in Baghdad has not left him.

“You’re here for 15 months, and you’re fighting and you’re killing and you’re seeing these things, you know; you’re interrogating people. You don’t trust anyone,” Turner says. “And then you come home, and you look at people, and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute, do I have to keep my guard up? Do I have to have fight or flight? Can I just be normal?’”

Turner was in his first year at Yuba College as an administration of justice major when he decided to join the military.

“I’d watch the news every night, see the bombings,” Turner says. “I felt, I was an 18-year-old young man, I’d nothing better going on: I might as well go get a gun and join the fight.”

After about eight…» Read More