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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Club Day connects City College students

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Konstantin Zhuk, engineering major, and Matthew Novotny, physic major, preforming a solar experiment at the physics club booth during club day in the quad Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Arturo Gomez/[email protected])

Students looking for community attended the Club Day event at Sacramento City College on the quad Feb. 27. About 13 clubs attended the event, which allowed club members to invite students to join their communities.

Sylvan Myers, majoring in culturing anthropology and international relations, is part of the anthropology club and participated in Club Day. She sat at a table on the quad, talking about the club and selling beaded earrings, keychains and buttons made by club members to represent different cultures.

“We have linguistics, which is the study of human language,” said Myers, explaining different facets of anthropology that the club is derived from. “We have archaeology, which is the study of human artifacts. It’s what humans leave behind, which is [like] Indiana Jones, what people would typically think of other than dinosaurs. Then we have our cultural anthropology, which is about human culture, and biological anthropology, which is about bones and evolution and how different organisms evolve into humans.”

The club meets every other Tuesday in Rodda Hall North 327, and is planning to have guest lectures by City College professors and others, according to Myers The club also goes on field trips, does movie nights and eats at different ethnic restaurants. The group’s next dinner and movie night is on March 28. They plan on watching “Parasite” and going to Hong Kong Cafe. 

The Anthropology Club will also take its first field trip to the Indian Grinding Rock in Pine Grove on April 19. It’s a historic state park that has historic and cultural sites, exhibits, guided tours and museums. The trip is also open to members who are not part of the club, but only if there is room available, Myers said.

Owen Freiwald, Japanese major, Juliana Moore Marisa Carothers, animal behavior major, explaining the anthropology club to an onlooker during club day in the quad Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Arturo Gomez/[email protected])

Myers believes the club started this semester with about 10 people, and the last meeting had around 20 people attending. 

“We have had several people sign up for our list today,” said Myers. “We are happy to have as many anthropology nerds hanging out as possible.”

A few tables over a huge sound of something breaking caught the attention of nearby people. The Physics Club, which meets at the two temporary buildings near Hughes Stadium at noon on Thursdays, had set up experiments for onlookers. 

President Matthew Novotny said the clubs welcomes people who want to learn about physics and is not exclusive to majors.

 “We have people of all kinds of majors like engineering,” he said. “I think we have a chemistry major and materials science major. I am a physics major.”

According to Novotny, the club will be starting a speaker series, where they invite professors and industry professionals to tell them about their experiences. The club also has a few projects that they are working on. 

“One of our big ones is a muon detector,” said Novotny. “A muon is a particle that basically kind of comes from space and it’s supposed to evaporate before it gets down to Earth. Except we can detect them because of another thing in physics called relativity about them going the speed of light. So then we are going to build a detector to actually see that and prove it to ourselves.”

The club is still deciding about other projects to pursue and how to build them. 

“We have different people of different fields,” said Novotny. “Some people know a lot about electricity. Some people know a lot about the physics of it. Some of them even know the actual engineering process of it. So we are all just getting together, almost like a big think tank to do cool stuff.”

The Psychology Club table that drew a large crowd where. Syed Qamerulzaman, psychology major, chatted with interested students.

“[The club is for people] interested in psychology or if you want to know about the brain or anything like that,” said Qamerulzaman. “If you have an idea or a concern about something, we always talk about it, if we feel like we need to as a group.”

The club set up a game that asked participants to respond to facts about mental health that could be true or false. Cielo Lopez is a nursing major, who is taking a psychology class, participated in the game.

“I liked it,” said Lopez. “It was cool, and I learned some facts that I haven’t learned in psychology yet. So when we do get to that topic I would be like, ‘Oh, wow, I know that.’”

Jay Bautista, psych major, and Cecilia Gutierrez, psych major, running the psych club booth during club day in the quad Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Arturo Gomez/[email protected])
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Another club setup that students checked out is the Indigenous People’s Club’s table. Donna Delgadillo, the president of the Indigenous People’s club, is Mescalero Apache, majoring in music therapy and native studies. The Indigenous People’s club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30pm at South Gym 234 in the Cultural Engagement Center. 

“Our mission of the club is to see culture and bring back an environment of indigenous culture by sustainability and gathering in a safe space,” said Delgadillo. 

The club does beading, which Delgadillo believes creates community when students communicate with each other in a talking circle. The club also hosts many workshops. 

“Once a month I teach a workshop on sustainability and healthy living,” said Delgadillo. 

The club’s workshop for March is on herbal tea making, Delgadillo said, in which participants will learn how to make different herbal tea remedies and herbs that help with the digestive and immune systems. 

Last month the club hosted an elderberry syrup workshop, and students got to make their own elderberry syrup that helps with colds and flus, Delgadillo said. 

The Indigenous People’s club has more plans for future events. 

“We are putting together an art and fashion show, which will be all indigenous people showcasing their artwork and their fashion,” said Delgadillo. “So it should be really fun. 

“We are also going to be doing a musical concert on the epidemic of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It will include traditional native people’s songs as well as current songs to support an epidemic that’s going on nationwide.”

Rhiannon Elliot, a child development major, is a student who found herself drawn to the Indigenous People’s club. She is a native of Puerto Rico, and has siblings who are Native American. 

“I have been putting my head down and studying,” said Elliot, who has a year left before she hopes to transfer to CSU Monterey. “But I just really want a community and people I would get along with that have a [similar] issue or activity that we would all like to do.”

Rachel Good, a nursing major in her first semester at City College, is another student who is looking for community among the clubs. “I want to be involved because I’m new to Sacramento,” said Good. “I want to engage in everything and get to know people.”

Good said she was happy to see the Black Student Union on campus. She was part of the BSU in high school, and learned a lot about African American history while part of the BSU.

“When I came to college, I wanted to go back to another BSU,” said Good. “It brings all the black people together.”

Mya Worko, a psychology major, is the vice president of the BSU, which does a lot of outreach on and off-campus. Their table was promoting facts about prominent black historical figures in honor of Black History Month in February. 

“We are here shining,” said Worko. “We are here motivating and educating, just really trying to build this club on this campus.”

Worko said that the BSU is working on many events, such as Black Appreciation night, movie nights and Ebony Aura, which is a talent show  to showcase black artists.

“It’s just a beautiful place to have a moment,” said Worko.

Worko is excited about how many people put their names on a list expressing their interest in  the BSU. 

“Man, it’s beautiful,” she said. “I can’t wait to put that list to work and really get this going for the semester and get things going for the fall as well.” 

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