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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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Up in the air
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Jan. 20, 2010

Pursuing what he loves has brought 27-year-old Ernest Bouwer closer to his dream of being an engineer for Skunk Works.

Bouwer, Aeronautics major, grew up as a hometown boy in Colorado, where at the age of 10 he already took apart a game to see how he could fix it.

“When I was about 13, I ended up taking my dad’s drill apart, ’cause I wanted to know how it worked. And so I put it back together and he said it worked better when I took it apart,” said Bouwer.

Bouwer was convinced by a recruiter to join the military about a year and a half after dropping out of college and was qualified to take an electronics job in the military that he wanted.

Unfortunately there was no more room, but with the help of a recruiter, Bouwer was informed that he got the job.  The position Bouwer ultimately accepted was a electronics, avionics and armament technician for the attack helicopter, Apache.

Being in the military took him to places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany, where he worked with aviation, and even got into a newspaper while working in Iraq on an 64 Delta, another name for…» Read More



Rain, rain, go away
By | Multimedia Editor
Jan. 20, 2010

Scattered groups of students dotted the City College campus Jan. 19 for the beginning of the spring semester, after nearly a month off for winter break.

Some students felt that the downpour of rain and dreary weather that marked the first weekday of spring instruction was far from a fitting serenade.

“I feel wet and I hate wet weather but at the same time I love the snow, so I’m dealing with it,” said undecided City College student and snowboarding enthusiast Dillon Sora.

According to data from the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness Office, there are currently over 62,000 class enrollments this semester. Though headcount information won’t be available until the fourth week of instruction, Dr. Marybeth Buechner believes trends are indicating higher enrollment from the fall semester. Higher enrollment coupled with another district wide 2 percent class cut this semester has impacted students on campus.

I’m waiting right now to get into a class,» said journalism major Kyle Duval. Duval said that the class he is waiting for is currently closed for enrollment due to full class size. ”I’m going to stick around and see if I can get into it, see if I can persuade the teacher to…» Read More



Nursing celebrates fall graduation
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Dec. 17, 2009

City College’s  Registered Nursing (RN) program celebrated the graduation of their fall 2009 class at the Auditorium Dec. 17.

Students interested in applying for the City College nursing program are subject to a lottery, with admissions letters already sent out for the spring 2010 semester.

For more information about the program, degrees, and training they offer, visit http://wserver.scc.losrios.edu/~nursing/

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Classes cut, alternatives slimmer
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Dec. 17, 2009

Los Rios Community College District is expected to cut more than 300 course sections for the spring semester.

The cuts will eliminate 2 percent of classes throughout the entire district.

Students will want to get a head start in enrolling for class as fewer classes will be available.

“They need to register early,” Interim Vice President of Instruction John Ruden said.  “If they’re on the wait list, they need to check the position and do that daily because students do change their schedules.”

Ruden also said vocational, technical, basic skills and transferable classes are offerings that the district wants to keep.

He pointed out that students should look for classes they need on a different campus, putting the spotlight on City College’s new West Sacramento Center opening in the spring semester.

“Students need to look at classes that are being offered in West Sacramento in particular,” he said.

Richard Rosales, a graphic communications student, worries that a class he needs might be cut next semester. He doesn’t plan on traveling between campuses.

“I think it’s unfair to all students,” Rosales said.  “I don’t feel like I have to go (…) all the way to another college to take a course.”

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