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Nov. 23, 2009

Those who never had the opportunity to venture into Panto Land with City Theatre’s “Snow White: A British Panto” will get their chance when the sequel, “Peter Pan: A British Panto,” comes to City Theater. The sequel falls into the Hollywood sequel trap, lacking the same freshness, originality and luster as its predecessor.

A panto is a type of theatre comedy genre where gender roles are mixed and the action follows no logical sequence.

“Peter Pan” is still comical and farcical but with vocals being extra pitchy and off-key, they could shatter windows and the chasing sequences are way too long drawn. They would run and run and run in circles throughout most of the first act. There’s even a line from one of songs a pirate sings amidst the tediously lengthy chases and screams.

“I don’t know what I’ve been told but chasing Peter Pan is getting kind of old,” sings Sarah Rowland, as the character of Assistant Captain Crunch, toward the end of the first act.

And what happened to the title character? The play is titled “Peter Pan” but he was practically missing from the whole production. When Amelia Van Brunt, who portrays Peter Pan, does appear…» Read More

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Nov. 23, 2009

Does sitting in the Assessment Center in the second week of school tearing your hair out, trying to finish the math placement test before the center closes so you can get into that calculus course you wanted sound familiar? Running around in circles trying to find where a class you wanted is located seem all too familiar?

If these scenarios sound familiar, chances are that you may have procrastinated a bit on the class enrollment process. In order to ease the burden of the aforementioned stressful scenarios , City College put on a get-to-know-your college event Nov. 5 for high school juniors and seniors.

Students coming from various high schools in the greater Sacramento area were greeted at the doors of the Student Center and given the opportunity to browse the display tables of the various academic and student services departments on campus. The purposes of the event, officially named Preview Night, was to give students and their parents an idea of where they stand in the application process, and present some of the degree and certificate programs offered at City College as well as enrollment information.

Amy Fong, a high school junior, is still exploring the opportunities at City…» Read More

Multifaceted vagabond
By | Guest Writer
Nov. 23, 2009

Not too many people can say they have lived and taught in South Korea. Not too many people can say they’ve lived in Michigan, Texas and Georgia.

Who can say those things? City College reading professor Karen Burrell.

Best known for her enthusiasm and optimism in teaching, little is known about her adventures before being a professor.

“Her hobbies are really surprising,” City College student Francisco Lizarraga says. “She tells me how she’s taken martial arts and learned how to build furniture. She’s traveled around the world and shaped her entire career and life with the globe.”

Living life on the constant move is all she’s ever known. For most of her childhood, Burrell, 58, says she always found herself some place new every year because of her father’s job: Los Angeles, Washington, St. Louis.

Now, her philosophy about moving has changed. “You go where the school is,” says Burrell, hired in 2008 as a full-time City College reading professor. “There’s no such thing as one career anymore.”

She’s one to talk. Not only was she a former payroll clerk, she was also a former instructor for truck drivers. You think that’s interesting? To top it all off, she was…» Read More

Meet Will Sim
By | Guest Writer
Nov. 23, 2009

“Are you going to take my picture?” The low, nasal voice on the other end of the phone sounds hurried, yet genuinely concerned. He is reassured that he is just going to be interviewed today. “All right, then I won’t wax my mustache. I’ll be there soon.”

Will Sim, a 21-year-old student at City College, is the type of guy who cannot be defined. The word “eccentric” falls to its knees when used to illustrate his personality, and those who know him are left at a loss for words when asked to compare him to anyone or anything.

This is, after all, the man who once drunk-dialed one of his friend’s parents. But that’s another story.

“I don’t know, whenever I try to describe Will, I just say ‘Will’,” says Katie Kaffka, a 21-year-old student at UC Berkeley, who has known him since seventh grade.

Fifteen minutes after calling, he arrives at Sophia’s, a local hip-yet-sophisticated bar in downtown Davis, which he refers to as a “notable source of graduate student hangovers.” He orders the Argentine malbec, making all other wine drinkers in the bar look amateurish.

“On the day I was born, there was a horrible storm. Fires broke…» Read More

Pictures speak louder than words
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Nov. 23, 2009

The Cultural Awareness Center was packed wall to wall as photos of oppressed Native Americans were beamed life-size on to the projector screen. Students sat back in awe of the heartbreaking struggles being depicted.

Students and faculty alike came to witness the “Indigenous People without Borders” photo presentation Nov. 4 by local activist and photographer Francisco Dominguez.

“I’ve never shown these pictures before,” Dominguez says. “This is history.”

The presentation was a service-learning project for a student in Tammy Cheshire’s Native American studies class. According to Cheshire, her student organized the entire event as a project to inform students of native issues.

Dominguez was a former City College student and president of the Native American Culture Club in 1984-85. He has been capturing the struggles of Native Americans through photographs for 21 years.

“We have taken our culture on the road,” Dominguez says. “We are saying we’ve had it, we’ve had enough of this.”

The students in attendance sat in silence while they were captivated by the fear and pain in the eyes of the subjects being photographed in candid action shots.

As a photo of little girls in a Guatemalan field appeared on the screen, a tragic tone overcame…» Read More

City Talk: What are you thankful for this holiday season?
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Nov. 23, 2009

Kelli Worthey, nutrition I’m thankful that I have a good life, since everybody else is having troubles. Kelley Voss, marine biology For turkey bacon, because sometimes you don’t want to be eating pig. Nick Rutledge, family consumer I’m thankful for Obama being the first African-American president. Mary Reardon, English That I finally got acceptance letters, Starbucks, money and sex. Daniel Lashchuk, business For everything that I have and that I’m living. Web extra:

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Famous poet comes KNOCK KNOCKING at City College
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Nov. 23, 2009

Actor, singer, songwriter, composer and poet Daniel Beaty came to City College for a performance and Q & A put on by the Cultural Awareness Center.

“My thoughts on Daniel Beaty’s performance are that he is not only a great entertainer but he also delivers a powerful message,” said accounting major Cory Spaulding. “I enjoyed every second of it.”

Beaty is known for his “Knock Knock” monologue that was originally performed on HBO’s Def Jam Poetry. It’s a poem about a boy whose father was incarcerated as a child and the struggles of not growing up with a father figure.

Much of Beaty’s work is portrayed through the eyes of a young black man. According to Beaty the male identity needs to feel powerful and life throws things at him to take that power away. Beaty documents his own life obstacles in his “Knock Knock” monologue:

“I jump out of Mama’s arms and run joyously towards my papa’s only to be confronted by this window. I knock knock trying to break through the glass, trying to get to my father. I knock knock as my mama pulls me away before my papa even says a word.”

Beaty also focuses a…» Read More

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Nov. 23, 2009

Local peace activist and former City College teacher Maggie Coulter was invited by the Cultural Awareness Center Nov. 3 to discuss her experience living in the Middle East as part of the events for Native American’s History Month.

“I was delighted to receive the Cultural Awareness Center’s invitation to speak during Native American History Month about an issue affecting native peoples in another part of the world, the Palestinians,” Coulter says. “My hope was to educate students about the ongoing colonization of Palestine, which continues to displace and violate the human rights of the native peoples.

Coulter and her partner, Patricia Daugherty, spent six months in Israel only to witness the atrocities of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

During the presentation, Coulter gave her take on the history of the conflict and how the Palestinians came to be forced out of their land.

“I want to talk about the history because everything sits in a historical context and what happened in Palestine was colonialism,” Coulter says. “It is about a European power that supported moving people in an area that wasn’t theirs. That was the genesis of the situation we are talking about today.”

According to Coulter, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict began…» Read More

Financial woes, transfer limbo
By | Guest Writer
Nov. 23, 2009

Students go to class. They stress about getting homework done and tests studied. They get excited to meet new friends and go to fun parties. They anticipate their futures and careers. But when external forces like the recession get in the way of their plans, many see their dreams and college careers go up in smoke.

Jamie Santiago, 19, was forced to give up an internship, drop out of school and move home to Sacramento when the economy took a turn for the worse.

At this time last year Santiago was living the dream. She had moved out of her parents’ house into an apartment in Daly City. She was commuting to San Francisco City College in hopes of transferring to UC Berkeley to study journalism.

She was working as an intern with Brand Habit, a fashion Web site, and was looking into other internships. At Brand Habit, Santiago was actually using the skills she was learning in school. Santiago was doing everything right to ensure her goals and plans for life would be achieved.

And then the economy crashed.

It became clear very quickly she could not afford to live and go to school on her own, and moving…» Read More

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Nov. 23, 2009

An admissions lockout at California’s state universities may block City College students aspiring to transfer next fall.

CSU campuses rejected nearly all student admissions applications for spring 2010 because of budget cuts.

“It’s going to be tight,” said City College counselor and Transfer Center Director Richard Erlich. “CSU may not have admissions enrollment for spring 2011.”

Articles in the Sacramento Bee during the summer budget crisis reported the 23-college CSU system was implementing a plan to confront a $584 million budget reduction for 2009-10, involving two-day furloughs for employees and student fee increases. That plan, along with student fees 32 percent higher this year than last, is now in effect.

If CSU enrollment is closed again next spring, students will need to look at other options. Erlich said students should consider looking at other private and out-of-state colleges, as most of these options are comparable in cost.

Students accepted by CSUS in the fall 2010 semester will be upper-division transfers only, according to Erlich. These are students with 60 transferable units or more whom have also completed general education-breadth requirements for oral and written communication, critical thinking and math, with a grade-point average satisfactory to the school they are applying…» Read More