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A letter from the editor

Emma Richman February 6, 2024

Dear reader, Welcome to the spring 2024 semester at City College and the start to a new year of exciting beginnings for the Express, the home of City College’s student-run news. Our staff of new...

Stephen Sanchez headlines a sold-out show at Ace of Spades Wednesday, Nov. 1 2023. Photo credit: Manuel Figueroa /

Stephen Sanchez proves romance is alive and well at Ace of Spades

Krystal La November 21, 2023

Poodle skirts. Kitten heels. Couples everywhere. At least three men with pompadours. Elvis styled slick-backs. Leather jackets. Couples everywhere. For a second, I thought I’d been transported back...

Portrait of Joan Didion  taken in 1970, courtesy of Kathleen Ballard of the Los Angeles Times.

Why City College should remember Joan Didion

Krystal La November 8, 2023

“The impulse for much writing is homesickness. You are trying to get back home, and in your writing you are invoking that home, so you are assuaging the homesickness.”  ~ Joan Didion, “The...

Chappell Roan connects with the crowd during her set of Pink Pony Club at the Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville on Sept. 25, 2023. Photo credit: Jada Trail /

Chappell Roan brings Midwest charm to Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville

Arthur Finan October 19, 2023

It’s a Monday night at Goldfield Trading Post, a country-themed bar and music venue in Roseville. A sea of people, many in pink and some wearing cowboy hats, crowd the space in anticipation. After what...

Standup comedian Kiry Shabazz drops into Lunas Cafe to remind the audience they dont have to be afraid of him. Photo credit: Janelle Murphey /

Sac comedy talks

Janelle Murphey October 4, 2023

Small, mighty and booming: These are only a few adjectives that describe the Sacramento stand-up comedy scene, which has been supplying laughter to our area since the early 1980s.  Things inevitably...

The spirit of Elk Grove shines bright with community

The spirit of Elk Grove shines bright with community

Pricilla Kumar September 19, 2023

Those from the Golden State may be familiar with historic Elk Grove’s distinct charm and may have even heard of the woman in white who haunts Main Street. The legend has been circulating for centuries,...

Mother, Ellie Appleby, and son, Alex Colafrancesco (middle), reunite alongside his brother, Nicholas Colafrancesco, at the Sacramento International Airport on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at 11am after his 1-year deployment in Syria with the Army National Guard. Photo courtesy of Renee Colafrancesco

A mother’s heart

Ellie Appleby November 11, 2022

“Hey mom, just want to let you know I’m going to be deployed to a combat zone” are the scariest words for a military mom to hear. Many years earlier, on a seemingly ordinary day, my 2-year old...

Student reaction to the invasion of Ukraine

Student reaction to the invasion of Ukraine

Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, when President Vladimir Putin sent an estimated 150,000 troops to Ukraine in an effort to seize the country. Overseas and thousands of miles away, City...

5 Sips Coffee & Tea. Photo: David Lee

Out with the old and in with the new: 5 Sips Coffee & Tea

As my sister Ellie and I walk into 5 Sips Coffee & Tea, I am hit with a wave of nostalgia that only this specific spot can call upon. It’s a Saturday, and the café is filled with local patrons...

Sacramento City College campus remains closed expect for select in person services and classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sacramento, Calif., Monday Nov. 1, 2021. (Photo by Abby Similien)

Homecoming: Students return to campus

As I pull into the City College parking lot on a Monday morning, I have an easy time finding a spot. There are a total of five cars in the parking lot. It’s just me and the tumbleweeds as I walk toward...

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And still she rises

Somehow, I thought this would be easy — to write about my life of abuse at the hands of my husband and calmly report what happened to me. I figured that I would be that detached person who doesn’t...

Photography major Diana Martinez practices “Phototherapy” at the Capitol Parking Garage in Sacramento 

“I’m a visual Storyteller. I capture life as it unfolds through the lens of my camera. One shot at a time.” said, Martinez.
(Diana Martinez

Getting the sense knocked into me

Has anyone ever suggested: “You need some sense knocked into your head?” Apparently some of us do need it. For me, a blow to the head was tragic, but it also led to a new beginning. The traumatic...

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