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Despite intermittent showers, 3,000 participants celebrate centennial; Time capsule unearthed, live cats exhibit, chemistry explosions
City College professor emeritus Dr. Jerry Mitchell visits the Centennial celebration with his family Oct. 15. Vanessa S. Nelson | [email protected]

City College celebrated its 100th anniversary Oct. 15 despite the threat of rain, forcing activities like campus club tables and informational booths inside the City Cafe.

Rick Brewer, City College public information officer, said he was ecstatic of the estimated 3,000 people that attended but was initially nervous the bad weather would cancel the event altogether.

“When I walked in here and saw the [Cultural Awareness Center] was full, it was phenomenal,” said Brewer of the booths and table that had been moved from the Quad because of rain.“I haven’t heard anyone who’s sad. People are just excited.”

Events were held from 1-5 p.m. throughout the campus by different programs. The drama department staged A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a fan favorite, at the Performing Arts Center. The choir and the faculty jazz band also performed.

In the Student Services building, the photography department unveiled its new show in the Russ Solomon Gallery, highlighting accomplished alumni.

Charr Crail, an alumni of the photography program, a City College photography professor and a prolific photojournalist, was one of the featured photographers in attendance. She said she especially liked the gallery show because of both the depth and breadth of City College’s alumni.

“It’s fantastic to be shown in this gallery,” Crail said. “This school brought me to a career I never anticipated.”

The Kondos Gallery also started its display of the “100 Objects” show, highlighting historical artifacts from City College’s history, based on a book published by City College anthropology professor Bill Doonan.

There was also a live cat demonstration in the Performing Arts Center, where visitors saw panthers, the City College sports mascot, up close.

The chemistry department hosted a magic show of sorts, displaying the dramatic nature of combustion. The demonstration was cut short after the smoke triggered fire alarms. The lecture hall had to be evacuated to escape the noise.

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“Well, maybe not never,” Mitchell said. “There was one guy who did a magic show for the students around Christmas.”

Mitchell said he enjoyed being back on campus after all these years.

“It’s very nice,” Mitchell said. “It’s a cool place to be. The campus is beautiful and there are wonderful feelings of friendliness.”

The afternoon opening of the time capsule from 1991 was disappointing to the large crowd after water damage to the 25-year-old contents appeared to have seeped through to a book and other materials from that year.

City College President Michael Poindexter said the book would be sent to the archivist to recover what was possible before it would be displayed.

The day of celebration actually started early with a high school preview. Students from local high schools that contribute students to City College were invited to come to campus and tour the facilities with the help of student ambassadors.

“This was our first time doing the previews like this,” said Courtney Heidelberg, outreach specialist, “and we’re happy and excited.”

Ann Rodriguez, a high school senior who’s contemplating attending next year, said she appreciates the information provided and the variety of booths on display.

The day of celebration ended with City College’s 21-20 overtime victory in the evening homecoming football game against Sierra College. Those who attended the celebration gained access to the match free of charge.

Brewer said the college will reschedule in the spring the car show that was canceled because of rain. Car owners were excited to participate in the show, which would have displayed a representative car model from City College’s 1916 beginning, and then each year since. Unfavorable weather was dangerous to the antique vehicles, Brewer said.

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