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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.

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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



Health care crisis hits students
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Feb. 22, 2010

While the battle for health care reform continues to rage in Congress, it remains to be seen how any of the proposed changes will affect college students in the long run.

With the House of Representatives passage of the ever-controversial Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962, on Nov. 9, 2009, and the Senate still working on a health care reform bill of its own, the greatest challenge will come after it has passed, when congressional leaders put their heads together and find common ground…

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As far as the eye can see
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Feb. 22, 2010

If you ask how Professor Tom Miner’s winter vacation was his answer may be a little more eventful than you would have guessed.  Instead of relaxing and taking it easy from the stresses of the fall semester, he set his sights on something high. Way high.  Miner spent three weeks in Argentina climbing one of the highest mountains in the world. With frost nipped fingers and weight literally lifted off his shoulders from his 45-pound backpack he is ready to start another semester here at City College.

Miner is an English and creative writing professor and has been at City College since 1991. Being an avid hiker, he has set a goal to climb a mountain in each country during his international adventures. Not to mention, getting a massage in each one as well. Miner has visited a total of 74 countries, striving to reach his goal of traveling to 100 countries in his lifetime.

“I’m curious about everything. I want to try everything. I want to read everything,” says Miner. Never even boarding a plane as a youth, Miner was inspired at an early age to see the world through the influences of his love of literature. “I always…» Read More



Addictions are all around us
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Feb. 22, 2010

An addiction has overcome the City College campus and it can’t be cured by a bottle of pills or a trip to rehab. The only way to kick this addiction is to turn it off.

Many students are heavily addicted to their iPhones. They use them during breaks between classes, lunch, while waiting in line for the bathroom and even during class when the instructor isn’t looking.

“I use it at least 2,000 times a day. There’s so much to do on it,” says City College student Justin Villena. “Yeah, I am kind of addicted to it. It‘s like a drug, but legal.”

Those who don’t own an iPhone may wonder why people are addicted to using this device. There are thousands of iPhone apps, short for applications, available to download, including games, weather, horoscope, and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace just a simple click away.

“It does so many things that you can‘t really provide a good enough explanation why not to use it,” says Max McKee, Theaters major. “I got along without it before, but sometimes I leave it at home and I kind of feel weird without it. I feel like I can not…» Read More



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Feb. 22, 2010

The play “The Meeting” made it’s premiere at City College on Feb. 4, taking place at the Student Center. It dramatizes a fictional meeting between two of the most influential figures from the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X….» Read More




A beautiful life
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Feb. 8, 2010

Sara Rupnow, a City College student who battled cancer since the age of 16, died Dec. 14, 2009. She was 19.

Rupnow, who received an honorary degree from City College shortly after her death, died at home of complications from the cancer.

While a sophomore in high school, she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, which affects the joints in the arms and legs causing large swelling and many of the health complications she experienced—including the amputation of her left leg.

Rupnow didn’t let the disease interfere with her life. She said being in school, interacting with others and feeling productive helped her continue pursuing life.

“When I feel like my life is so unfair and it sucks, I’m able to talk to people who are having a worse time than me and come back and feel like my life is not that bad,” said Rupnow in an interview with The Express, recorded six weeks before her death.

“Doing things day by day and focusing on what I want to do is much more productive instead of thinking of the scary things that happened or will happen to me.”

According to her parents, Rupnow became a stronger person due to synovial…» Read More