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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

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Chris Geanakos | News Editor

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These two words are likely to conjure up images of high school debauchery, water bottles filled with alcohol and other teenage mishaps. Though it may come as a surprise to some students at City College, this is not strictly a pre-collegial trend.

“I haven’t had that many experiences but it’s a sad situation when it occurs,” said geography professor Michael Hunter. “Mostly the students will fall asleep but they don’t bother other students. It happens maybe two or three times in a semester.”

Jorge Garcia, nursing major, relayed his experiences dealing with intoxicated people on campus.

“I was coming to school and my friend was getting drunk and crossing the street and he kept falling on the floor,” Garcia said. “I didn’t want to deal with that. I just wanted to get to school.”

History professor Holly Piscopo believes that drinking on campus is more reflective of universities and not so much a problem at City College.

“This is a campus that doesn’t serve alcohol but there are other colleges and universities where you can get a beer on campus, like Sac State,” Piscopo said. “It’s not the best way to learn.”
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Some students are skeptical whether on-campus intoxication is a big issue at City College.

“I don’t think it happens so much in a junior college,” said City College student and former Express opinion editor David Cook. “The people who go to Sac State tend to be people who just got out of high school and are going straight in. The average age of a community college student is about 30-35 years old and people here, by then, are pretty much over that whole excitement about drinking.”

According to data from the Planning, Research & Institutional Effectiveness Office, there are far more students under the age of 30 than over.

City College custodian Sue Pair said that she has encountered numerous alcohol bottles on campus, empty and full. According to Pair, she finds these containers at least every other day.

“We don’t really encounter many people drinking on campus,” said Los Rios Community College Police Sergeant Brian Washington, who works at City College. “For the most part, it’s marijuana. We’ve encountered a lot of marijuana.”

The average campus police officer encounters marijuana at least twice a week, according to Washington.

As an interesting end note, no longer than 25 minutes went by after Washington’s interview before I smelled the scent of marijuana wafting throughout the City College Light Rail station. Three young men passed the substance between them and rapped aloud as they waited for their train.

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