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Coffee, classes and construction (oh, my!): What students can expect to see on campus this fall


Two tables in the middle of the Starbucks cafe allow multiple students to study and work in comfort. Phoenix Kanada | Photo Editor | [email protected]


Coffee, classes and construction (oh, my!); What students can expect to see on campus this fall

As City College students settle in for the fall 2018 semester in the third week of classes, they will get a taste of what City College has to offer on Welcome Day and Open House Thursday, Sept. 13, when there will be a host of departments and club booths, food trucks and music taking place in the Quad all day.

Students can expect to see some of the latest additions to the campus, including new equipment in Makerspace, a coding classroom and a nearby Starbucks.

The demolition of Mohr Hall will also begin as the anticipated groundbreaking is set for Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Welcome Day and Open House will feature several departments, student clubs and information booths to showcase available resources for students from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. These resources include information on transferring to a UC or CSU, career education programs, financial aid help and other programs. In addition, the Makerspace and new Everyone Can Code classroom will be open for touring. Food trucks will be on campus, with a variety of musical acts throughout the day to help celebrate the beginning of the semester.

Makerspace, which opened this past May, will be debuting some new pieces of equipment for students to utilize in late September. Christian Espinoza, a staff member at Makerspace, said the new equipment includes a Tormach mill and a Glowforge laser cutter. Makerspace offers all students a chance to learn hands-on skills, such as woodworking, 3-D printing and laser cutting. It is located in Room 108 and 110 in the Cosmetology building, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Everyone Can Code classroom, a space where students can learn the basics of coding, is set to open Sept. 24 in Room 110 of the Technology building. The class will offer a curriculum developed by Apple to teach users how to code using Swift. Apple’s website boasts that Swift “lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it,” for a user-friendly experience.

Dr. Deborah L. Saks, dean of Business & CIS, said the class is open for enrollment under MKR 299 on eServices.

“Apple is working with Certiport to offer a certification exam that will allow students who complete the Everyone Can Code curriculum to become officially Apple certified coders,” Saks said. “It’s a great opportunity!”

The classroom will be open for students to check it out Thursday, Sept. 13, during Welcome Day.

A new Starbucks cafe featuring a drive-thru opened in late July on Sutterville Road. It is located off-campus across from Parking Lot F and the Mohr Hall construction area.

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“We’ve been here for 30 years,” Riordan said. “About half our business comes from staff and students from City College, so we love City College. I was worried about the Starbucks because it’s so close to campus, but it hasn’t really affected us.”

Some students who frequent the South side of campus may find the new Starbucks more convenient. City College student Rosario Ramirez said she prefers Starbucks over other cafes.

“I feel like I would go to a Starbucks more than Espresso Metro,” said Ramirez. The 19-year-old photography major said she prefers something quick before class.

“It’s closer. I usually just grab it before I get here. I think the drive-thru is super cool; it’s quick especially in the mornings,” she said. “I can just grab something and come to class.”

The groundbreaking ceremony of Mohr Hall will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 12, to prepare for a newly renovated Mohr Hall II. While construction may not be immediately visible, City College’s PIO Kaitlyn MacGregor said construction will be taking place inside the building.

“The construction shouldn’t affect student life,” MacGregor said. “It doesn’t interfere with the main walkways on campus. Parking lot F will be closed during construction.”

The building is expected to be completed in 2019 and will house the Physical Science and Nursing programs.





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    Edna CabreraSep 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Still didn’t get what is the reason for demolition of Mohr Hall? There are plans to build something new on that place or there is something wrong with the ground?

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      LyssaSep 18, 2018 at 11:18 am

      They’re rebuilding. “…prepare for a newly Mohr Hall II.”