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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Help is a few doors away
By | Staff Writer
Dec. 17, 2009

As this semester fades away, many City College students dropped some of their classes, and many others are struggling and staying up late to study for their final exams.

Dropping and failing classes can be depressing to some students, but it is not the end of anything. It is just a learning experience and a subliminal warning sign that extra support is needed in order to succeed and keep up the grades in challenging courses.

City College offers multiple support services available free of charge to current students.

“We have a small library with current textbooks, solutions manuals, calculators that can be check out for use in our lab,” said Terrie Martin, City College’s math lab coordinator.

Martin said that the math lab counts with qualified tutors to provide support for every math course.

In order to tutor, City College students must have obtained a grade of an A or a B in the course for which they wish to tutor and pass a one-on-one interview. If they pass the interview, they have to attend training to master the subject they will be tutoring.

“I went a few times to the math lab and once to see my professor during…» Read More

Memorial service to be held for SCC student
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Dec. 17, 2009

City College student Sara Rupnow, the subject of this article published by the Express, lost her fight with cancer on Dec. 14.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 8925 Vintage Park Drive in Sacramento (map here).

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Mom juggles life to become nurse
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Dec. 15, 2009

Genevieve Bottum juggles IVs, her backpack, a 3-year-old daughter and supervising blood transfusions.

Bottum, a 25-year-old single mother, is preparing to graduate as a registered nurse after successfully completing her fourth and final semester in the City College nursing program.

“I started off wanting to be in networking, and so I did the computer information technology route,” she said. “I really liked people more and wanted to have more communication at my job.”

So she switched majors.

“I applied to six schools and just got really lucky and got accepted to Sacramento City College,” she said. “They have a great program.”

She urges pre-nursing students to apply to as many schools as possible because it is a competitive field.

Luck is one word for Bottum’s situation, but her perseverance, dedication and her extended support system have played a large role in her achievements.

“My parents have been 100 percent supportive in just asking, ‘What do you need?’ and they watch my daughter,” she said. “And my boyfriend…he helps me get out of my box, see the big picture, makes sure I have a little bit of fun, and the same with my friends.”

She said they are also are…» Read More

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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