Tattoos, piercings and pirouettes
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March 8, 2010

She glides barefoot across wooden floors with arms extended delicately in front of her body.

Sharply pointing her toes, she gracefully jumps into the air kicking her legs back into impossible directions and upon landing, the ground seems to cushion beneath her feet.

With long, black dreadlocks, a septum piercing and traditional-style tattoos, Aja Rasmussen’s modern appearance is a breath of fresh air within the conservative world of ballet.

“I think dance is important to people,” says Rasmussen. “It gets endorphins going in the brain, it’s totally a different way of expressing yourself and I think it’s very important to your mental health.”

At the age of 8, Rasmussen took her first steps as a dancer with the Galena Street East dance troupe here in Sacramento and also started dancing and singing in the Sacramento Opera, performing in everything from “La Bohème” to “I Pagliacci”.

Although Rasmussen has an understanding of strict dance environments, she says her experiences in City College dance instructor Joan Tierney’s ballet class, have been the most satisfying.

“She’s not so traditional. She’s not uptight, and people in my class are pretty colorful in personality,” says Rasmussen, describing Tierney’s philosophy of dance. “I’ve studied in a…» Read More

Keeping it real
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March 8, 2010

To provide City College students with a forum in which to speak frankly about issues that could potentially spark controversy, the introduction of last semester’s Real Talk Club provides students a safe and judgment-free outlet for thoughtful discourse.

With the motto “Keep it real,” club president D. Del Toro and company want to address issues that plague our daily lives.

“[We tried to] create a club where we can have real talk on sensitive issues that people are not comfortable talking about, either one-on-one or in a group session: racism, sexism, homophobia, religion, politics, discrimination, things of that sort,” said second-semester City College student Del Toro.

Del Toro and fellow founders Saidah Pires and Tighearnan Lee, as well as club adviser and City College psychology professor Lisa Gunderson, want to create a safe environment for people to express themselves without fear.

“I think that when people from different backgrounds, from different walks of life, from different perspectives, can sit down in a room and respectfully agree, maybe even to disagree, just to hear each other, that that can help start to slow some of this stuff down,” Gunderson said.

But it doesn’t end there.  Real Talk’s vision is to enact…» Read More

Never too old to learn
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March 8, 2010

As I walk into the library I am greeted by a 90-pound woman with huge glasses and sparkling grey hair.

Heide Juchnik, an 81-year-old student at City College is a small, yet tough Japanese woman with a strong stance and gripping handshake. She is thought to be the oldest City College student.

Born in central Japan, Juchnik moved to Sacramento in 1957 along with her American husband whom she met while working as an interpreter for the 16th core headquarters for the army in CampSendai.

“At the time I was still working at Camp Sendai, but then at the time we couldn’t get married because we didn’t have a clearance,” says Juchnik.

It took Juchnik and her husband four-and-a-half years to get to California. Although Juchnik lost her husband to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1998, she says she feels comfortable being on her own and living alone. She’s also thankful of the fact that they were married for 48 strong years.

“I promised my husband I’m going to do something about it. I got to come to college to learn how to write and [speak] English, to write a document and to speak well,” says Juchnik. “I still feel my English…» Read More

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March 8, 2010

A young girl in a risqué maid’s outfit walks out to greet the audience and tells us to turn our cell phones off and be quiet. This is the introduction of “A Flea in Her Ear”.

“A Flea in Her Ear” is about mistaken identities and jealous lovers who think their partners are sleeping with each other. Set in the 1900s this play is sure to please with raunchy positions, physical comedy and loud, slamming doors. City College’s presentation of “A Flea in Her Ear” is enjoyable, yet needs some work on the actor’s chops, comedic timing and sets.

The young maid Eugenie played by Breanna Reilly in the introduction was so soft spoken that a person standing next to her would not be able to hear her. Any professional theatre actor knows, in order to be good on stage, one has to be loud on stage.

Next, Etienne, Mr. Chandebise’s butler starts screaming for his wife Antoinette. Although Etienne, played by Brent Bianchini, is loud enough to fill the black box theater, his accent ricochets between an American accent or an old English one.

Dr. Finache played by Blair Leatherwood was sadly disappointing. Although he had his moments, Leatherwood…» Read More

PHOTO GALLERY: Chinese New Year celebrations at SCC
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Feb. 26, 2010

The Sacramento-based Eastern Ways Martial Arts Schools gave a colorful performance on Feb. 11, celebrating Chinese New Year. The schools, which specialize in Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan, and Lion Dancing, performed examples of all three in the Quad. Members from their three locations in Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, and Folsom were there.

Photography by Jack Remson

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Feb. 24, 2010

Donations to the Sacramento City Scholarship Foundation make it possible for students to receive additional funding for their education this spring, regardless of financial need.

There are currently 177 scholarships that total $100,000 available to City College students.

The Student Scholarship Fund is made possible by donations from faculty, staff, and administrators of the college. Donors include retired faculty and staff that spent many years working or teaching at City College. The foundation also receives donations from businesses, family foundations and community organizations, said Mary M. Leland, executive director of the Sacramento City College Foundation.

Contributors can donate while honoring a loved one or leaving a “named legacy,” but ultimately they understand and want to help with student needs, explained Leland.

“With the rising costs of textbooks, need for personal computers and high cost of living in California, they understand students must rely on a variety of financial resources to be successful in attaining their college education,” said Leland.

Many donors want to fund students in particular areas of study and have specific challenges such as single parent students or those with learning disabilities, said Leland.

Bryana Blythe, Photojournalism and English major, said that scholarships would benefit her education and…» Read More

Through the looking glass: The new frontier
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Feb. 24, 2010

I put on my 3-D glasses and wait impatiently for the movie to start. Crunching sounds of popcorn and slurping soda sounds fill my ears, while adrenaline and anticipation fill my chest.

Yes, people, I’m watching “Avatar”, and loving every single second if it. According to the Sacramento Bee, “Avatar” was ranked the top box office hit in January 2010 grossing nearly over $601.1 million, beating James Cameron’s former big hit, “Titanic”.

“Avatar”, like “Titanic”, pulls on the human heart strings and makes the person watching it feel as if they are living with the Na’vi people.

Cameron is a mastermind when it comes to filmmaking, because he does his homework. However, viewers became angry complaining Cameron’s movie “Titanic” only focused on the love aspect of the film and not on the important historical event.

Many people criticized the heart-wrenching scene at the end of the film where Jack and Rose are on the “Titanic” as it begins to sink; Rose professes her undying love to Jack, right before he freezes and drowns.

The two worlds intertwine when the humans are on the Na’vi’s land to strip the planet of its resources just as the humans did to earth.

Leaving…» Read More

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Feb. 23, 2010

Students have a new ally in the war against rising textbook prices and endless new editions with last month’s arrival of Barnes & Noble’s new textbook rental program.

This new service allows college students who attend colleges that have Barnes & Noble stores on campus to order their books online and pick them up at school.

According to the Barnes & Noble Web site, the company works side-by-side with college campus bookstores across the county to build strategies to ensure that each respective bookstore meets the needs of its campus community.

While City College is not a participating campus, attending students can still order books and have them shipped to their homes within just a few days.

“I would have saved so much money if I had known this service was available,” said Melody Shumacher, a freshman art major.

The program originally started as an experiment with three of Barnes & Noble’s 636 campus bookstores. There was such a positive response from students that the company expanded the idea to 25 of its stores, and there is no plan to slow expansion.

Barnes & Noble, along with other growing rental programs, says it seeks to persuade students to look…» Read More

Black like me: A Q&A session
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Feb. 22, 2010

Q: America celebrates Black History Month in February, and then it’s over until next year. What message do you think this sends to society?

R.G.: I think Black History Month was conceived in the 1960s or 1970s and it was basically a backlash against all the uproar in the Civil Rights movement and all the bullshit that happened to black people during those times. This was part of the approach that was saying, “Ok we’re going to improve ourselves, we’re going to lift ourselves up, not only through the law, but intellectually too, to go from being Negroes to being black with some pride.” Q: How is your culture important to you? Do you feel it’s important for African-American students to understand the history of their culture?

M.C.: I love being black. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else, but this is where I’m fed up, where someone feels if you’re talking proper, you’re trying to be ‘white.’ It hurts the most when it’s coming from my own people. I’m just being me. I believe the mindset has to change of being less. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you have to live less, doesn’t mean you…» Read More