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                                                                                                                                                                                                           09.25.2008 | Thursday | Volume E | Number 2
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Texas Southern claws back,
beats Shaw
14,000 attend game
at City College’s
Hughes Stadium
           Terri M. Venesio | Sports Editor


        The Texas Southern University Tigers
        beat the Shaw University Bears 40-29
Sept. 13 at Hughes Stadium in the first annual                                                                                                                                                                                                  Express Photo | Michael Iredale
Capital City Football Classic.
     The game didn’t start out well for the Ti-
gers. Two plays into the game, Shaw defensive                                                                                                                                                                      Club Day Oct. 2
back Gerard Jones intercepted a pass from Tiger
quarterback Bobby Reid.
     The Bears quickly moved up the field on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   exhibits diversity
the ensuing possession but was hindered by                                                                                                                                                                             Christopher Geanakos |     academic credentials
incomplete passes. Faced with a fourth-and-six                                                                                                                                                                               Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for transfer, clubs on
situation, the Bears sent their kicking team to                                                                                                                                                                                                   campus also expose the
the field. Lincoln Shepherd’s 43-yard field goal                                                                                                                                                                           The first Club Day     diversity of culture at
kick was good and Shaw was on the scoreboard                                                                                                                                                                               of the fall semes-     City College. From the
with three points.                                                                                                                                                                                                 ter will be Oct. 2 on the      French Club to belly
     On their next possession, Bears running                                                                                                                                                                       City College Quad. The         dance, the variety of
back Johnny Wooten scored the first touchdown                                                                                                                                                                      Quad will be teeming           multiculturalism can be
of the game on a 21-yard run. The Tigers refused                                                                                                                                                                   with booths, each one          an eye-opener to those
to leave the first quarter empty handed, and                                                                                                                                                                       representing a different       who know little of other
scored on a Robert Hersh field goal in the final                                                                                                                                                                   campus club.                   cultures.
seconds of the quarter.                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The purpose of               “The clubs have
     The Tigers’ defense started working on the                                                                                                                                                                    Club Day is to help pro-       helped me understand
comeback in the second quarter. Quarterback                                                                                                                                                                        mote diversity and give        many different cultures,”
Marcus Brooks fumbled on the first play of the                                                                                                                                                                     our clubs the opportuni-       Bernard said.
Bears possession. The fumble was recovered by                                                                                                                                                                      ty to reach an audience,”           Clubs on campus
Tiger linebacker Antonio St. Rose and returned                                                                                                                                                                     said Elika Bernard, a          have another purpose, ac-
29 yards for the Tigers first touchdown.                                                                                                                                                                           Student Leadership and         cording to City College
     The Bears got three more points from an-                                                                                                                                                                      Development represen-          student Steve Macias.
other Shepherd field goal, but the Tigers would                                                                                                                                                                    tative. “[It’s like] being          “You really invest in
get their first lead of the game on the following                                                                                                                                                                  in a world festival.”          your education,” said Ma-
possession. Facing a fourth down near the goal                                                                                                                                 Express Photo | MartÍn Gonzalez           Kimberly Beyrer,         cias. “You want to be in
                    (SEE Classic on Sports page 7)     Texas Southern quarterback Bobby Reid tries to break a tackle by Shaw outside linebacker                                                                    coordinator for Student        school each day because
                                                       Martellus Braxton in the first half of the Capital City Football Classic on Sept. 13 at Hughes Stadium.                                                     Leadership and Devel-          you have something to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   opment, gives a reason         make your own.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   why students should be              Students are en-


Come as you are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   interested in joining a        couraged to start up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   club on campus.                clubs of their own if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Universities love       they don’t find any
                Christopher Fiala | Staff Writer                  and get help if they need it.                                       students were sent invitations and called at home                            a student with a 4.0 but       that suit their interests,
                                                                          “[We are here] to induct the students in the                by City College. There were about 50 students at-                            they love even more an         Beyrer said.
       With Freshman Welcome Day, City Col-                       Sacramento City College family,” Poindexter said.                   tending. Several students left, some to take phone                           active student involved             “You must be in-
       lege’s Student Services tried to ease the                          Some students, such as 19-year-old Andrew                   calls, some not to return, which, according to the                           on campus,” Beyrer said.       spired with an idea. If
       transition into college.                                   Moran from Sacramento felt that VP Poindexter got                   Student Services staff, was not what they wanted                             “Research that shows           you can get at least 10
     Officials who spoke at the Sept. 17 rally included           his point across.                                                   to see.                                                                      connected and involved         people and a faculty
Vice President of Instruction Debbie Travis and Vice                     “[The rally] got me motivated and made me                         ASG President LaToya Daniels wants to be sure                           students are more suc-         adviser, you can start a
President of Student Services Michael Poindexter.                 feel much more comfortable and confident about                      all students know she is always there for them.                              cessful academically           club,” Beyrer said.
                                                                  succeeding,” Moran said.                                                 “We are here for you, come see us, you are                              [has been done].”                   Club Day will run
The overall message to the students was that this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Besides helping          10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the
is a family here at City College, not to feel scared                       According to Poindexter, 3,600 incoming                    always welcome,” Daniels said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   students strengthen their      Quad.



                                                                                    Crime at City College light rail
Indepen-dance                                                                       Summer robbery occurs, but overall crime low
                                                                                          Reneé Macauley | Staff Writer            is not a significant source of crime on              crime at the light rail station rarely        “Weird things happen every day. You
                                                                                                                                   campus. He admits vagrants ride light                happens.                                      just get used to it.”
                                                                                             Two women were assaulted and          rail, but said they avoid City College.                    In addition, LRPD Captain Valerie             City College biology major Kristi-
                                                                                             robbed July 18 at the City Col-       At most, three light rail related crimes             Cox said RT police and the Sacramento         na West said she loves the light rail. Ev-
                                                                                    lege light rail station by three unknown       were reported in the last year. LRPD                 Police Department cast a watchful eye         ery day there is something interesting,
                                                                                    subjects, according to a Los Rios Police       annual reports for 2006 show the most                over the light rail and City College sta-     like the eccentric man she saw offering
                                                                                    Department crime bulletin released             illegal activity. Fifteen drug violations            tion. Both organizations collaborate with     free salami to fellow passengers.
                                                                                    Aug. 28, shortly after the beginning of        occurred at Los Rios-related public                  LRPD to ensure the safety of riders.                “It’s fun,” West said. “Can’t get
                                                                                    the fall semester.                             properties, like the light rail station,                   “I think light rail has been a won-     that in a car.”
                                                                                          Two unknown males, described             during that year.                                    derful addition to campus because it                City College Public Information
                                                                                    by the suspects as either Hispanic or                Although there is a 60-day crime               provides students economic transporta-        Officer Amanda Hamilton also sup-
                                                                                    Asian and an African American, and             log, statistics for Los Rios crimes go up            tion,” Cox said.                              ports the light rail as a major conve-
                                                                                    one unknown Hispanic female, robbed            to 2007 according to Washington.                           Based on the number of Universal        nience for staff and students. Hamilton
                                                                                    the victims of an iPhone, iPod and other             “There is some crime, don’t get                Transit Passes distributed this semester,     no longer rides light rail, but did for
                                                                                    personal property at 2:30 p.m. at the          me wrong,” Washington said, “fights,                 potential crime is not stopping an es-        years to Sacramento State University
                                                                                    station, police said. The suspects are         theft and fare evasion.”                             timated 10, 719 City College students         and her job downtown.
                                                                                    still at large.                                      Different gangs across Sacramento              from riding light rail.                             LRPD wants students to be aware
                                                                                          The City College Light Rail              have members who ride light rail, and                      City College business marketing         of their surroundings. The more wit-
                                                   Exress Photo | Michael Iredale   Station provides more benefits than            City College Station sits on a neutral               major Brandy Rocha doesn’t drive and          nesses there are, the less chance there
Mexican Folklorico dancer Lorena Ruedas performs during                             drawbacks, despite initial concerns            ground between territories, Washington               relies on the light rail daily. She is used   is of a crime occurring, Washington
the Mexican Independence Day celebration at City College                            about crime.                                   said. Confrontation happens. People                  to watching arguments between the             said.
on Sept. 16. The event was sponsored by the Brown Issues                                  Los Rios Police Department Sgt.          can also enter campus late at night re-              homeless and the restless.                          “When you travel, walk the lighted
and Puente clubs.                                                                   Brian Washington said Sept. 8 the              gardless if they are students or not.                      “I’ve never had it be late and it o     pathways, walk in groups, be aware of
                                                                                    Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail             But the LRPD maintains that                    nly takes eight minutes,” Rocha said.         your surroundings,” Washington said.
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Editor in Chief
                                                                                                 editor’s                                  note                    What’s up?
Cecilio Padilla
                                                                                                                               CECILIO PADILLA
Editors
Terri M. Venesio • Sports
Julie Tobias • Web
                                   Let it play
Christine Carey • Opinion
                                          There is a quote from one of      thing I basically already had didn’t    at least the world of the newspaper.
Nicole Cardoza • Features
                                          my first favorite songs that      bother me. So I downloaded the          Indeed, this is probably what always
Stephanie LaRue • Features         continues to resonate in my head.        album and synched it to my iPod so      happens, in the newspaper world as
Jack Remson • News                 It goes, “you can’t always get what      I could listen to it on my commute      well as life.
Mi’Cal Harrison • Special          you want.” It is from the song of        to City College, whenever I felt like        There will always be things we
                  Features         that name by the Rolling Stones,         listening to those old songs.           want, but can’t get. We want a good
                                   off their 1969 album Let It Bleed. I          I find the message (the mes-       grade, but we don’t want to show
                                   first got this album as a vinyl. Yes,    sage that I deduced from that verse     up for class. We want a budget,
Photo Editor                       an actual record.                        of the song) increasingly relevant      but we don’t want to take from the
Michael Iredale                          Eventually, my phonograph          to growing up and dealing with          taxpayers. We want to succeed, but
                                   broke, the result of an accident         more responsibilities now more          we don’t want to work.
                                   while I was moving stuff around in       than ever.                                   Just remember, “you can’t
Design Editor
                                   my room.                                      As the editor of The Express       always get what you want, but if
Andrew Clementi                          But, a few months ago before       newspaper, there are so many            you try sometimes, you might get
                                   classes started, I decided to down-      things I came in wanting to do. Of      what you need.” It’s what gets me
Advertising Manager                load that whole album from the           course, I’ve had to compromise          through the day.
Hannah Ucol                        iTunes Music Store. I am a sucker        many of the ideas that I thought
                                   for nostalgia, so paying for some-       would revolutionize the world, or

Writers
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Cindy Baker
Eddie Bradford
Brooke Chilimidos
William Coburn
Kevin Ericson
Christopher Fiala
Christopher Geanakos
                                                                                                          ‘round the flag
Ben Hoeman                                                                                                                 CHRISTINE CAREY

                                    A rare find
Hana King
Monica Lungu
Reneé Macauley
Muriel Strand                             As a young woman growing          and was called for duty in 1942. He     son who was also a vet for our great
                                                                                                                                                                              EDITORIAL
Alexa Tijerino                            up in a generation that praises   died in 1994.                           nation. I think our country needs to
                                   celebrities, skinny models, every             “We knew wthat we wanted           hear from people like Pearl who are             College textbook prices       expenses before each semester”
                                   low-fat/non-fat/zero calorie product,    so we decided to go get married,”       considered “the greatest generation”            aretoo high, and City Col-    according to the Committee on
                                   it’s hard to remember or recollect       Pearl said.” Then WW II came along      of our nation. Happenings our youth      lege officials, state and federal    Education and Labor summary
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                                   our countries’ true historical mo-       and he was called out. He went to       could only read in books, we can         lawmakers, and publishers aren’t     of the bill.
Randall Briggs                     ments and people.                        Stockton, then he finally ended up in   learn from the “horses mouth,” and       doing enough to help out stu-              We believe that this is not a
Marcos Chavez                            As I walk into a Dixon, Calif.     England. It wasn’t the most pleasant    get a real life perspective.             dents.                               solution to the problem of high
Aundria Dawson                     residents’ home, I put on my pink        but, you knew you had to do it, and          “I think, with some work, Ba-            The blame cannot be solely      textbook prices, and since stu-
Windee Dawson                      Armani glasses my mother bought          you did it.”                            rack Obama could become a good           placed on one group: instructors     dents will have a hard time pay-
                                   for me. I quickly pull out my laptop          Pearl has seen it all: from the    president,” Pearl said. He’s got a lot   aren’t the ones who select what      ing for textbooks regardless of
Martín Gonzalez                    and turn the ringer off my Verizon       bombings at Pearl Harbor, the trag-     to learn, but don’t a lot of us have a   books will be used, that is up to    how much time the have to plan
Jana Hendler                       phone. I glance at the woman I am        edies during Vietnam to the 9/11        lot to learn? McCain scares me be-       the individual departments. The      for it. Of course, no solution will
Allison Valenzuela                 sitting across from, an 88-year-old      terrorist attacks on our own soil.      cause I think he has been too much       City College bookstore orders the    be totally satisfactory to one or
Melissa Rathje                     named Pearl S. Lincoln, a woman               “Pearl Harbor was a shock that     of a Bush man to be a part of what       books that the departments want.     more of the parties involved.
                                   who was married to the seventh           shook the nation. 9/11 was far big-     we are looking for. It’s going to take   Also, federal and state lawmak-            Ultimately, the solution
                                   cousin of our nation’s 16th president,   ger, they came in and really killed,    a lot of work to get us straightened     ers have been passing legislation    should be geared towards helping
Designers                          Abraham Lincoln. I immediately           but WWII was a different kind of        out and to get us where we’re going.     to ease the financial burden on      students. In order to help students
Sarah Hagadorn                     wanted to crush my Armanis and           war.It was a war they said to end all   I don’t care who it is.”                 students.                            out in the meantime, departments
Charles Linzie                     burn my Ugg boots, I have history        wars, didn’t end all wars…they kept          In a world full of Chanel and            One bill federal lawmakers      need to choose books that have
Tomoko Matsuzawa                   right in front of me, and all I could    coming,” Pearl said.                    Gucci, our youth needs more his-         have drafted and passed this year    used copies readily available
                                   worry about before this interview             16 million U.S. veterans of        torical knowledge and awareness.         is the College Opportunity and       for purchase. Instructors also
Thanh Nguyen
                                   was whether my pink shirt matched        WWII are dying at a rate of more        I ask students to put down their         Affordability Act of 2007 (which     shouldn’t have to change les-
Patrick Simmons                    my earrings. Pearl was born on           than 1,000 a day and now number         iPhones and pay more attention to        was signed into law by President     son plans if a new edition of the
Tina Swain                         June 20 1920. she met her husband,       about 2.5 million, estimates the De-    people like Pearl. Trust me, your        Bush on Aug. 23) that they say       textbook they are using for their
Hannah Ucol                        Harry A. Lincoln Jr. through a           partment of Veterans Affairs. This is   grade point average and brain will       will make college more afford-       class becomes available.
                                   friend in Nov. of 1940 and married       why I think Pearl has a unique per-     thank you.                               able in general. However, the bill         The longer term solution
                                   three months later in Feb. of 1941.      spective on election ’08 coverage.                                               says that publishers only need       would be for publishers to lower
Advisers                           Lincoln was in the National Guard        She was married to a historical per-                                             to give “advanced information”       their prices. However, even to the
Don Button                                                                                                                                                   on textbook pricing to students      most optimistic person, this sort
Dianne Heimer                                                                                                                                                in order to “help them plan for      of action is far off, at best.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Do you make
                                                                                                                                                                            the bank, or
                                                                                                                                                                            break it?
                                                                                                                                                                                  William Coburn | Staff Writer      books worth it? Or should we bal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ance that with a more cost-effective
                                                                                                                                                                                    Be it through a Board of         $70 grammar handbook instead?”
                                                                                                                                                                                    Governors Grant or your                I am, however, thoroughly
                                                                                                                                                                                    own checking account, City       impressed by the work ethic and
                                                                                                                                                                            College students are finding ways        optimism of the students I found
                                                                                                                                                                            to pay for their education.              on my wholly unscientific poll, be-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Although sometimes state fund-     cause, I’ll be honest, I did not have
                                                                                                                                                                            ing isn’t quite enough, even with his    that at all.
                                                                                                                                                                            Board of Governors waiver to pay               With the cost of books handled
                                                                                                                                                                            for books and other school nice-         by my parents, and tuition by the all
                                                                                                                                                                            ties, Mike Buckley works full time       important BOGG, academic failure

Being “hands free”                                                                                                                                                          which he says takes a lot of time
                                                                                                                                                                            away from studying, leaving him to
                                                                                                                                                                            do homework between classes. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I think is the only term that could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hope to describe my first two years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Los Rios system. I bounced
                                                                                                                             Express Photo Illustration | Andrew Clementi
                                                                                                                                                                            balance, however, leaves him with        from major to major, communica-
Does it really make a difference?                                                                                                                                           a healthy level of stress that pushes
                                                                                                                                                                            him to work hard and not waste his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion one semester, English education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the next, a brief stint in psychology,
                                                                                                                                                                            own time.                                and finally dead-ending in journal-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Even with educational needsz       ism. My classes-attempted list
              Alexa Tijerino | Staff Writer                  It makes no sense that I can still get away        technically, we are still engaging in conversation          fully covered, Nikki Gordon, a City      doesn’t come close to anything that
                                                        with eating a meal and text messaging multiple          even when using a hands-free device. Talking on             College student keeps on top of          could be on a transfer list, much
       I have managed to master eating an               conversations about what I did last night all while     the phone while driving is distracting in general.          things because she says she wants        less a humble GED. As for my
       entire Chipotle burrito while driving            driving. I find that to be much more distracting        Geology instructor Kathryn Stanton, agrees with             to work harder to not waste Dad’s        grades, those first few semesters,
on the freeway. I can also drink my morning             than putting the thing to my head simply holding        the new law. “From what I’ve read, it’s like equiva-        money, although even if she were         I hope whoever ends up handling
coffee, fix my hair, clean the thumbprint spots         a cell phone to my ear.                                 lent to driving after a couple of drinks,” Stanton          to receive a grant she would keep        my transfer does as well as I did to
off my sunglasses, and dip my fries in ketchup               “It seems like it makes sense what they’re         said. “You know, it’s that level of distraction.”           working just as hard without the         ignore them.
and ranch dressing – I can do almost anything           trying to do, like , make it safer, but with all the         Despite the controversy, many support the              threat of parental reprimands and              Was my poor performance really
while driving in my car. However, there is              other things that people do in the car it doesn’t       new law if it means fewer accidents on the road.            lectures over the cost of education.     the effect of my disconnect from the
one exception. Since July 1 of this year, I                                                                     Several City College students even admit that                     A quick glance at the lines        short-term responsibilities that school-
have been prohibited by law to talk on my cell                                                                  talking on their cell phones while driving almost           outside the Financial Aid office         ing entails? Or was it a more direct
phone without a hands-free device.                                The truth is,                                 caused most them to have an accident.                       will show you how many students          side effect of discovering a disposable
     California law now restricts the use of cell                 people do all                                      I think if it keeps people safer and the amount        still need help in paying their way      income that could be wasted on fast
phones while driving in the car. Drivers over the                 kinds of things                               of accidents go down based on the law, then it’s            through school.                          women and cheap cars (which I guess
age of 18 are required to use a hands-free device,                                                              a good law,” said John Cardoza, a 21-year-old                     “It would be difficult,” Jules     could have been solved if I, person-
such as a headset, a Bluetooth earpiece, or speak-
                                                                  while driving.                                City College student.
                                                                  Subtracting                                                                                               Hatchett says. “I would find other       ally, had paid for that $150 trig book
erphone if they wish to talk on their cell phones,                                                                   When it comes down to it, I would rather               means.”                                  I failed at using properly). Maybe it
a. However, there is no specific law prohibiting                  one from the                                  not have to pay a fine for a ticket that could be                                                    was, as I like to think, merely an effect
                                                                                                                                                                                  Private financers are many, but
text messaging while driving.                                     list is not                                   avoided, so I follow the law and use an earphone            they’re also far more selective than     of a young creatively inclined person
     Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use their                 going to make                                 gadget to talk on the phone while driving. I’ll             colleges themselves, so they’re not a    having no idea what to do with his
cell phones at all while on the road. They are                    a significant                                 admit, the earphone piece makes driving a little            reliable way of funding after classes    future, and taking his time to feel out
banned from text messaging and talking on the                     differance.                                   easier, but I could do fine without it.                     have started.                            his path in life.
phone whether if they are using a hands-free                                                                         I can see the good intentions with this hands-               Still waiting on his BOGG fee            No matter which is the truth, I’ll
device – or not.                                                                                                free cell phone law, but if I can still apply mascara       waiver to clear, the cost of books       agree with Nikki Gordon when she
     However, drivers under 18 can use their                                                                    in the car, then I should still be able to use my           still worries City College student       says, “It depends on the person.”
phones in an emergency. Despite your age, the           really make a difference,” says 18-year-old stu-        phone however I wish. The truth is, people do               Sameer Amir.                                   Even if that means, students of
only way for you to get away with having your           dent Diana Djalili.                                     all kinds of things while driving. Subtracting one                “Makes you think twice,” Amir      City College, you’re all better than
cell phone held to your ear is if you have an                The point of this law is to make our roads         from the list is not going to make a significant            said. “Are multiple $120 math            me. Congrats.
emergency.                                              safer and to prevent accidents and deaths, but          change.




American Baby
Teen Pregnancy edging back up
            Muriel Strand | Staff Writer             kids when she was an energetic teenager and
                                                     having grandkids in her 40s.
        While it’s OK with Republicans for                 “I grew up with my kids,” Lesh said.
        Bristol Palin to be a teen mom, most         “I wouldn’t enjoy my grandkids as much
        parents of teens think it’s a really bad     now.”
idea. Why do Republicans think pregnancy is                On the other hand, Alicia E., an auditor who
a bad idea for unmarried teens without moral         was a single mother at 17 in 1971 before abortion
values who aren’t the daughter of the first          was legal in her state, thinks it would have been
woman ever on the Republican presidential            nice to have some support. She regrets choosing
ticket?                                              work rather than welfare, believing her daughter
      I bet most Republicans aren’t so comfort-      isn’t as secure as she would have been if work
able with other aspects of teen pregnancy.           and school had left more time for care.
Despite abstinence education, almost half of               Teen pregnancy is associated with
all U.S. high school students have had sex,          poverty, poor prenatal care, and low-birth
and slightly more than half are sexually ac-         weight. Poor nutrition for mothers during
tive by 18, according to the 2007 Youth Risk         pregnancy can mean lifelong health risks for
Behavior Survey of The National Campaign             their children. While pregnant teens under
to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy                15 (and women over 35) face higher rates of
at www.thenationalcampaign.org. A recent             medical complications, teens over 15 face                                                                                                                               Express Graphic | Sarah Hagadorn
study from The National Campaign to Pre-             higher risks for reasons that are primarily
vent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found
the number of Chicano youth has been grow-
ing faster than any other ethnicity. They also
have the highest rate of teen birth by far.
                                                     socioeconomic, according to a review by
                                                     C. Makin in the May-June 1985 issue of
                                                     Family Planning Perspectives. Miscarriage
                                                     is half again as likely for pregnant teens as
                                                                                                          Wandering Stars
Among African Americans, birth rates are             for those in their 20s, while the abortion rate                           Reneé Macauey | Staff Writer                           opinions,” and that war would “damage the economy and under-
still high, double those for Americans (25.2         for unplanned pregnancies is lower (1 in 3)                                                                                      mine our moral standing in the world.”
births per 1,000 teens, ages 15-19, in 1999).        for teens than for older women (2 in 5), ac-                As a journalist, I believe in freedom of speech. I believe                Current leaders, in the name of preserving them, are throwing
      While the nationwide rate of teen              cording to the National Campaign to Prevent                 in the people’s right to peaceably assemble and ask the              away the values our country’s founders worked so hard for. This
pregnancy has been dropping gradually and            Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy’s 2001 DCR                       government to put right what has gone wrong. Every                   is bound to raise alarm in people from every walk of life.
steadily since 1990, it edged back up last year.     Report.                                              American has a right and an obligation to consider the universal                 “It’s their point of view, it’s their mind,” said City College
In 2004, the British Medical Journal reported              Pregnant teens are less likely to seek         problems of this country, regardless of occupation, bank account,           pre-nursing major Yunjue Wu said. “That’s the privilege, every-
that birth rates for U.S. teens were higher than     support in a timely way, whether they prefer         social standing, race or beliefs.                                           body has the freedom to speak.
any other industrialized country. In contrast        abortion or birth. Janay C., a City College               Since 9/11, celebrities have taken on the Bush adminis-                     Some believe celebrities shouldn’t be addressing politics.
to the Bush administration, nonprofits work-         student, actually became a mother at 20, after       tration over the Iraq War and have faced public backlash as a                    “I don’t think they pay attention to what’s going on,” said
ing to prevent unwanted pregnancies point            birth control failure. Her religious faith and her   result. From farmer to CEO to Hollywood star, everyone has                  Stephanie Ho, a City College food science major.
to integrated programs of comprehensive              mother’s support led her away from abortion.         the right to opinions and beliefs. Maybe a lot of celebrities are                It’s worthy to note celebrities, like Ronald Reagan, Sonny
sex education and diverse opportunities                    “If you’re pregnant, you’re not a teen-        not well educated when it comes to politics, but others, such               Bono, and several sports stars, have won office through their fame.
leading to reliable livelihoods, as being the        ager anymore,” Janay said.                           as political documentary director Michael Moore, who has put                Where was the opposition regarding celebrities in politics then?
most effective approach to preventing teen                 When I was a teen, my traditional              out such controversial films such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling                    I support the principles that allow celebrities and all people to
pregnancy according to “Three Policy Strate-         mother, born in 1918 before welfare existed,         For Columbine’and Sicko, have done their homework. More                     speak out about their government, however, I do urge celebrities
gies Central to Preventing Teen pregnancy at         stressed the danger of unplanned pregnancies         importantly, you don’t have to be a political expert to know the            to consider hushing up for a different reason. Celebrities draw a
www.chipolicy.org.                                   because the subsequent economic demands              difference between right and wrong, or to say no to something               lot of attention when they take a position on any issue. The at-
      Actual teen mothers report various at-         could swamp a family’s financial stability,          that makes you deeply uncomfortable.                                        tention a celebrity can take away from the attention citizens are
titudes about their decisions. Ione Lesh, a          threatening everyone’s survival. Nowadays,                We can’t tell Michael Moore not to call Bush “a fictitious             giving the controversy itself.
Roseville housewife, was married for love at         the overgrowth of humanity worldwide, a              president,” as he did in his Oscar acceptance speech in 2003 at                  More public focus gets put on what an actor or musician
16, back in 1955 to a young man with a job and       sort of ecological gentrification, threatens         the Academy Awards.                                                         says than on the issues: with $3 trillion in war costs, thousands
a house. She escaped a less-than-wonderful           the family of God’s creatures in the very                 Actor Martin Sheen has a right to point out in an interview            dead and injured, along our soldiers and veterans still fighting
family, and says she really enjoyed having her       same way.                                            with CNN that “the president should care about all its citizens’            both physical and mental battles.
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How green is your campus?                                                                                                                                                                                       in-class receptacles. Phi Theta Kappa,
   Part one of five                                                                                                                                                                                             the honor’s club at City College, does ink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                cartridge and cell phone recycling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     So how green is the campus re-
          Stephanie LaRue | Features Editor                                                                                                                                                                     ally? And how green are City College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                students?
           Brooke Chilimidos | Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                                          It seems that most students ignore the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                two types of waste receptacles, and dis-
          We’ve all heard the words—                                                                                                                                                                            pose of their trash anywhere they please.
          recycle, reduce and re-use. We’ve                                                                                                                                                                     Not all are like this though.
   heard or seen them in everything from                                                                                                                                                                             “If you put the message out there
   stale old public service announcements                                                                                                                                                                       humans aren’t the only ones living here,
   to commercials starring the likes of Paula                                                                                                                                                                   it could work,” said Harding. ‘With trash
   Abdul—pop star Jack Johnson even got                                                                                                                                                                         and recycling, it’s a matter of educa-
   into the act, singing the words to us for                                                                                                                                                                    tion.”
   the soundtrack to the 2006 children’s film,                                                                                                                                                                       If you’re interested in learning more
   “Curious George”.                                                                                                                                                                                            about how to get involved in the Green
        Department stores such as Wal-Mart                                                                                                                                                                      and Clean education, pleased contact
   and Target are doing their part by affix-                                                                                                                                                                    your academic advisor to find such
   ing a “go green” logo on their apparel.                                                                                                                                                                      courses.
   But how is City College reacting to the
   trend?
        City College is doing its part to “go
   green” by offering recycling training                                                                                                                                                                         “If you put the
   for new “green-collar” jobs, and using                                                                                                                                                                        message out there
   new techniques to gather and conserve
   energy.                                                                                                                                                                                                       humans aren’t the
        One major change in the recent                                                                                                                                                                           only ones living
   year has been the implementation of the
   GreenForce Initiative by the Los Rios                                                                                                                                                                         here,
   Community College District.                                                                                                                                                                                   it could work
        According to an article from the
   Express in 2007, the GreenForce Initia-                                                                                                                              Express Photo | Allison Valenzuela       With trash and
   tive seeks to create new programs of
   study that prepare students to work in
                                                       Technology department professor Mel Duvall explains the photovoltaic system on the roof of Rodda North. The
                                                       panels are part of the GreenForce initiative City College has implemented to save energy and the environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recycling, it’s
   such growing fields as solar technology,                                                                                                                                                                      a matter of
   energy-efficient building design and                environmental efforts and focus.                including new buildings, and retrofitting      which will help power the M.E.T and
   construction, biofuels and alternative                  City College student Curt Harding           some that are already standing.                Lusk Aeronautical Center buildings.                        education.”
   energy.”                                            thinks City College is on the right track.           Solar paneling like that already on            City College also has a recycling                                          -Curt Harding
        This focuses on training and edu-                  “With classes like that, they are           the top of Rodda North is being installed      program to reduce waste. There are now                                   City College Student
   cating students in “green-collar” jobs,             aware that is the future. The future is         outside the Mechanical– Electrical Tech-       blue receptacles all over campus and in
   a phrase that plays on the terms “blue-             ‘going green.’”                                 nology building, said Donnetta Webb,           classrooms that say, “Recycle.” Teach-
   collar” and “white-collar “ jobs and                    There are also many changes being           dean of Advanced Technology. This will         ers are encouraging us to “go green” by
   refers to careers built on businesses with          made on the grounds of City College,            add eight, 4 feet-by-8-feet solar panels       adding reminders in their syllabi to use




                      champagne
                                                taste
                                         on a budget
                                                      STEPHANIE LARUE


Bomb Bagels
       Today was one of those                        Two things happened that
       days: I got up early—earlier           made my day instantly brighter.
than usual because I had to return                  The first is that the coffee
my rented moving van. I was ex-               woke me right up. (And kept me
hausted from moving in between                going for the rest of the morning
shifts at work. And as I always am            and mid-afternoon.)The coffee
when I wake up, I was so hungry,.             was so good, a light flavor that
My thoughts instantly went to                 took to the sugar nicely. The sec-
food. Tacos would have been my                ond thing is that I was instantly
preference, but who sells tacos at            in bagel heaven once I took my
8a.m.?                                        first bite.
     A friend followed me to U-                     The bagel was the perfect tex-
Haul, then dropped me off near                ture of chewy and light, not heavy
City College so I wouldn’t have               and doughy and full of crumbs.
to hunt for the light-rail station.           The mix of seeds was perfect,
I found myself at Espresso Met-               absolutely genius: poppy seeds,                                                                                                                                                           Courtesy Of Focus Features
ropolitan at 2104 11th Ave. just              sesame seeds—even pumpkin                                                           Pitt is hilarious in his skin tight                                                    dumb puppy who is way too naive for
down the street from City College.            seeds. I had not noticed them upon      He Said...                             gym clothes, giant white sneak-
                                                                                                                                                                        That’s what                                      his own good.
Coffee sounded good, since I was              my initial inspection. They tasted                                             ers, and ill-mannered behavior.            she said...                                             Malkovich plays an ex-CIA agent
still sleepy and could not stop               so bright, and fresh, yet toasty, and                                          McDormand gives an entertaining                                                             facing the total dissolution of life as
yawning. But I can’t drink coffee             salty, and reminded me of fall and         Anthoney Andersen | Staff Writer
                                                                                                                             performance as a self-conscious                                                             he knows it, and alternates between
on an empty tummy, it makes my                Halloween. They instantly made                                                 woman determined to remake her-                     Windee Dawson | Staff Writer            being calm and even tempered, with
stomach hurt even worse. I went               me excited for the holidays.                   The Coen brothers have          self through cosmetic surgery.                                                              a violent streak that will shock you in
inside to check out what tasty                      I haven’t had a good bagel in            done it again; made another          One of the key aspects of the                 If you need a really good belly          it’s timing.
delights the coffee shop was of-              awhile, and places such as Noah’s       memorable piece, first, with their     film’s success is that every actor                 laugh, Burn After Reading is                    Clooney’s oversexed CIA agent
fering.                                       are costly, sometimes costing up        2007 gritty crime- drama No            finds inventive ways to make               the movie to watch. With an all-star             complicates the plot by having an af-
     I waited in line, looking over           to $4 for just the bagel, minus the     Country for Old Men, and now           his or her on-screen personas              cast including Brad Pitt and George              fair with Malkovich’s wife, the coldest
the array of sweet pastries (such as          coffee—too expensive for a broke        with their 2008 comedy Burn            entertaining to the audience. The          Clooney (both from Ocean’s Eleven)               woman ever to have sex; a quality
crossiants, muffins, and cookies),            college student like myself. The        After Reading.                         masterminds of the Oceans 11, 12           Frances McDormand (from the Cohen                that doesn’t seem to bother Clooney
then ordered a small cup of Co-               benefit of my perfect breakfast was          The movie stars George            and 13, heists, the clever cop from        Brother’s Fargo) and John Malkovich              one bit.
lumbian roast coffee and a bagel.             that it was right next to school,       Clooney, John Malkovich, and a         Fargo, and the stars of many other         (from Being John Malkovich), it can                     Together, this cast effectively
There were many bagels to choose              and it set me back a mere $2.95.        very funny Brad Pitt. The Coens’       heavy-hitting independent films            hardly go wrong. Even if you don’t               illustrates the wide gulf between the
from, such as: onion, sesame seed,            Plus, it didn’t weigh me down for       latest comedy, built on numer-         are all idiots here.                       like politics this cast of pros plays its        world of the so-called ‘average’ man
plain, and blueberry, to name a               the morning, as tacos would have.       ous misunderstandings between               The movie is hysterical in            characters to perfection.                        and that of the “spook”, the “ghost”
few. I asked to inspect the all-seed          Next time, maybe I’ll try their herb    characters, falls somewhere be-        parts, and I sat there waiting for               Brad Pitt and Frances McDor-               or the spy and debunks the belief that
bagel since it sounded good, but I            cream cheese with garlic, dill          tween their cult classics The Big      the movie to surpass itself, to            mand carry the show. Their characters            mysterious equals glamorous.
hate caraway or fennel seeds and              and green onions. Without cof-          Lebowski and O Brother, Where          erupt to some totally new ground           are the epitome of everyday, un-                        These two worlds meet in un-
most “seedy” bagels are covered               fee, you are looking at $1.50 for a     Art Thou?                              of lunacy. Although the Coens              educated, working folk who obviously             expected and wildly humorous ways
in them. I was happy to discover              bagel—a substantial breakfast at             The action begins when Mal-       weren’t aiming for another mas-            believe that movies and TV reflect the           that will have you rolling in the aisles.
it was free of those pungent seeds,           an insubstantial price. Though the      kovich’s character, Osbourne           terpiece with this film, I found           reality of the world.                            Expect nothing and you will enjoy this
so I went ahead and got one. I also           bagels weren’t baked in house, but      Cox, gets demoted as a CIA             the movie to be a light fare after               McDormand plays an older                   ride. The ending of the movie is in
got plain cream cheese.                       rather came from House of Bagels        analys . He soon rushes home to        No Country, And because every              woman who ventures into Internet                 keeping with the message.
     I walked over to the toaster to          on 24th St, and the coffee came         the liquor cabinet and begins writ-    character is an absolute moron, I          dating and is positive she must im-                     To me, the plot itself is boring.
heat up my breakfast, and doctored            from North Bay Coffee Company           ing his memoirs. In the process,       found it hard to relate to anyone.         prove herself physically in order to             If it weren’t for brilliant casting, this
up my black coffee (with Equal                in Sonoma, I was ecstatic to find       a CD-ROM containing a draft of         All the movie leaves you with              succeed at her job – and she needs a             film would take a serious dive. Brad
and milk) while I waited. Though              an outlet that provded me with my       Cox’s memoirs is accidentally          are a lot of laughs —but with any          lot of money for these improvements.             Pitt steals the show—not because of
it was a only a short wait, I thought         excellent morning.                      left in a locker at a fitness center   Coen comedy, that’s more than              Co-worker and friend Pitt plays a                his looks this time, but because he
I would pass out from hunger and                    Espresso Metropolitan also        run by, played by Pitt and Frances     enough.                                    low-income, health-nut, wanna-be                 commits so deeply to the idiocy of his
lack of sleep. But the result was             has a lunch menu, one that I will       McDormand.                                                                        metrosexual with a serious case of at-           character—h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s!
worth it.                                     sample soon.                                                                                                              tention deficit disorder. He is just a big,             You are in for a treat.
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Classes in hip-hop prove positive                                                                                                                                               Monica Lungu | Staff Writer            exams and tests given regularly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “It’s a fun class,” says City Col-
                                                                                                                                                                               Hip-hop has been given a                lege student Curtis Neal. “I didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                               bad rap. That’s partly due to           know it was going be a hip-hop class
                                                                                                                                                                        its association in the public’s mind           this time.”
                                                                                                                                                                        with “gangsta rap,” and those rap-                  “Hip-hop is a culture,” said Ken
                                                                                                                                                                        pers we’ve seen thrown in and out of           Times, an E.O.P.S. counselor.” It’s
                                                                                                                                                                        jail—or worse, murdered. But rap/              a way to express yourself.” Times
                                                                                                                                                                        hip-hop’s ever growing popularity              talks about duality and how this
                                                                                                                                                                        is now being viewed as a form of               class helps students to identify and
                                                                                                                                                                        art and expression. It is becoming a           develop their personas by helping
                                                                                                                                                                        positive outlet similar to poetry.             students overcome shyness and
                                                                                                                                                                             City College E.O.P.S counselor            communicate openly with others.
                                                                                                                                                                        and instructor of Human Career                      “This class has helped me
                                                                                                                                                                        Development Adam Freas has                     overcome everything, my shyness.
                                                                                                                                                                        incorporated hip-hop studies into              It’s building more confidence in
                                                                                                                                                                        his Human Career Development                   me. It’s inspired me to keep moving
                                                                                                                                                                        class to help relate to the students           forward,” says Neal.
                                                                                                                                                                        and their various lifestyles and                    While researching the method
                                                                                                                                                                        backgrounds.                                   of using expression writing and
                                                                                                                                                                             “I wanted to find a medium that           hip-hop as a tool for that expression,
                                                                                                                                                                        students from all backgrounds can              Times tried the concept out on men’s
                                                                                                                                                                        connect on,” says Freas.                       groups and prisons, which proved to
                                                                                                                                                                             Freas wanted to find a way to             be a huge success he says.
                                                                                                                                                                        connect to the students and found                   Freas says that hip-hop can
                                                                                                                                                                        that hip-hop is a good way to be               be used as a tool to develop the
                                                                                                                                                                        creative. The book used for the class          students’ creativity. Rap songs are
                                                                                                                                                                        is “The Message,” written by Salicia           known to make use of many poetic
                                                                                                                                                                        Pride. It is full of very inspiring            techniques, including simple word
                                                                                                                                                                        stories of people who grew up poor             rhymes and alliteration.
                                                                                                                                                                        and became successful.                              People from all backgrounds
                                                                                                                                                                             Freas stresses that in the course         can relate to the lyrics and mes-
                                                                                                                                                                        he teaches the students about not              sages sent through hip-hop music,
                                                                                                                                                                        only communication skills but                  says Freas.
                                                                                                                                                                        career planning, study skills, time                 Rod Agbunag, who also teaches
                                                                                                                                                                        management, discipline and moti-               the HCD 310 class this semester,
                                                                                                                                                                        vation.                                        says, “It’s a misconception that all
                                                                                                                                                                             Hip-hop is used as a tool to              we talk about is hip-hop. We use
                                                                                                                                                                        connect with the students by using             hip-hop as a creative outlet.”
                                                                                                                                        Express Photo | Windee Dawson

Professors Adam Freas and Kenneth Times review song lyrics with students in the hip-hop class in the South Gym on Sept. 15.                                             lyrics and poems. There are still


                                                                                                                                                                                                               students to link a course with a community

Students make AB 540 film                     Crest Theater. It was one of 10 films cho-         audience of people who feel they are anti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               service, according to the City College ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               vice learning site. Some of the courses one
                                                                                                                                                                                                               may take would be: Sociology 375- online
City College students                         sen to show.                                       immigrant but not people who are cold                                                                         Intro to Community Development with Hil-
                                                   The movie’s title, AB 540, may sound          hearted by any means.”                                                                                        ligoss, Sociology 310- online Sociology of
make a movie to be                                                                                                                                                                                             Marriage with Block, and Math 334 with
                                              like military operation or an upgraded cell              The movie’s all-volunteer crew re-
shown at film festival                        phone to some, but for others AB 540 is a          ally tried to illustrate the daily life of an                                                                 Lambert.
                                              familiar term short for Assembly Bill 540,         AB 540 student. Journalism and English                                                                             “Whether it be a concept, an idea,
                                              a bill that can and has changed lives of the       instructors Doug Herndon and Dawn                                                                             knowledge or a skill,” Flaherty says, “what
                                              Latino college students in California.             Blunk co-directed the film. Together, with                                                                    you’re doing when you’re volunteering
          Alexa Tijerino | Staff Writer
                                                   Signed in 2001, AB 540 makes tuition          Silcox, they spent hours guiding the mostly                                                                   is intended to relate back to what you’re
                                              rates more affordable for undocumented             inexperienced cast.                                                                                           learning in class.”
      When you think about the past                                                                                                                                                                                 Flaherty also expressed that it’s not
      summer what do you think of?            students at all public California universi-              City College political science major
                                              ties, state universities and community             Karla Gonzalez, who had never acted                                                                           just the college credits that students should
Your nightmare experience as a day-camp                                                                                                                                                                        consider, but the long-lasting effects on
counselor? Your adventures in Hong Kong       colleges. Students who qualify pay in-state        before was picked through open auditions
                                              tuition and fees even if they are not legal        to play Socorro, the main character in the                                                                    the student that volunteering can provide.
or Rosarito? Or maybe relaxing by the                                                                                                                                     Express Photo | Martin Gonzalez
                                                                                                                                                                                                               For many participants, the service-learning
pool or on your couch? The possibilities      residents. This is a big deal for many un-         movie.
                                              documented Californians. College is now                  “I guess it’s part of my personality,”
                                                                                                                                                      Sociology professor Pam Flaherty                         program is the first time they have worked
are endless, but only a handful can cross                                                                                                             speaks to a group of students                            in service to others.
“made a movie” off their lists.               a closer reach for those who want it but           says the 19 year old about landing the role.
                                              didn’t have the opportunity before.                “I tend to be kind of a dramatic person.”
                                                                                                                                                      about learning projects that could                            However, in the last four semesters of
     This summer, a group of City Col-                                                                                                                tie into their courses of study in the                   service learning, well over 50 percent of stu-
lege students and instructors produced a           The movie’s writer and producer is                  Gonzalez, along with the rest of the
                                              City College English department chair              crew, endured long hours of filming on
                                                                                                                                                      City Café on Sept. 4. The projects                       dents who complete the program continue to
short movie, called AB 540, which has                                                                                                                 involve volunteer hours with non-                       volunteer. “It’s nice, I can do some good at the
been selected to play at the upcoming         Travis Silcox.                                     campus and in the hot sun on Franklin                profit organizations, and are offered
                                                   “I made the film with a certain audi-         Boulevard, although the movie itself is                                                                      Sacramento Food Bank, write a ‘reflection es-
Sacramento film festival, “A Place Called                                                                                                             to a variety of sociology, nursing,                     say’ about my experience and then get it all put
Sacramento,” On Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at the       ence in mind,” says Silcox, “that’s an             only about 11 minutes long.                          and math students.
                                                                                                         “I had no idea how much work goes                                                                    onto my transcripts,” says City College student
                                                                                                    into it,” says Gonzalez. “ I mean a lot of                                                                Kristina Baber. “I didn’t know my Race, Ethnic-
                                                                                                    work goes into it.”
                                                                                                         The movie portrays the hardships
                                                                                                                                                     Learn while                                              ity and Inequality class could let me do that.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many students say that the service-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              learning program offers insights and is
                                                                                                    of an AB 540 student through the eyes
                                                                                                    of Socorro, and her friend Javier, played
                                                                                                                                                     volunteering                                             vastly applicable to their courses — and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              fun.
                                                                                                    by another City College student, Victor
                                                                                                    Hugo Perez Zavala. Like Gonzalez, the
                                                                                                                                                                  Cindy Baker | Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are more than 3,000 non-profit
                                                                                                    23-year-old Zavala had no previous act-                                                                   organizations in the Sacramento region
                                                                                                                                                             Some students find it hard to get the            that welcome service learning students in a
                                                                                                    ing experience, yet also landed a major                  credit they deserve.
                                                                                                    role in the film. How did he do it.                                                                       diverse array of volunteer placements – non-
                                                                                                                                                             For students in certain social and               profit dental assisting, GED tutoring, Web
                                                                                                         “My character was almost identical          behavioral science courses, City College of-
                                                                                                    to me,” Zavala says.                                                                                      design and children’s art groups.
                                                                                                                                                     fers service-learning classes in addition to its               Community partners call student par-
                                                                                                         The cast and crew set out to send a         normal array of courses, that allow students to
                                                                                                    message with this film.                                                                                   ticipation “rewarding” and credit their own
                                                                                                                                                     fulfill many transfer requirements and provide           thriving success directly to student help.
                                                                                                         “Just to really see how hard some           a record of community service to universities,
                                                                                                    people have to work at school—it’s re-                                                                    Some even say that without the students of
                                                                                                                                                     scholarship panels and future employers.                 City College, their programs would not be
                                                                                                    ally hard,” says Gonzalez. “Just so they               Service Learning Coordinator and so-
                                                                                                    won’t take their education for granted.”                                                                  able to survive.
                                                                                                                                                     ciology/community studies professor Pam                        Although official sign-ups for service
                                                                                                    Silcox also feels sympathetic about the          Flaherty eagerly encourages students to add
                                                                                                    Latino students in this situation.                                                                        learning are closed for the semester, many
                                                                                                                                                     service-learning units to their collegiate pur-          organizations are still continuing student orien-
                                                                                                         “They are, in my opinion, the most          suits. With nearly half of all service-learning
                                                                Express Photo | Melissa Rathje
                                                                                                    at-risk population of students that we                                                                    tations throughout the greater Sacramento area
                                                                                                                                                     staff reporting, 90 students have already                and there are still many volunteer placements
City College instructor Travis Silcox screens a copy of the movie she                            have here because they are not document-            signed up for the program Flaherty calls a
                                                                                                 ed,” says Silcox about AB 540 students.                                                                      available. Service Learning student informa-
wrote and produced, “ AB 540.” The film examines how a bill passed by                                                                                civic engagement.                                        tion is easily accessible online at http://web.scc.
the state Legislature allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state                                 Premiere tickets are $10. For more infor-           Service learning is an opportunity for
tuition affects one City College student.                                                        mation visit www.accesssacramento.org.                                                                       losrios.edu/servicelearning/studentinfo.

                                                  ships representing over 100 different majors,”             “Experience is key to getting a job in          was a perfect fit since Portantino is also the
Get a job (but first                              says Wendy Slobodnik, Internship and Work             my field,” said Stone. “Most employers are           chair of the Assembly Higher Education
                                                  Experience coordinator.                               interested in seeing hands-on experience,            Committee.
an internship)                                         Slobodnik offers three good reasons for          so an internship is really important. I would             The process of getting an internship does
                                                  students to pursue an internship. First: it per-      highly recommend the program to anyone               not take very long. Both students were able
                                                  mits students a glimpse into the career they          who wants an internship because it really            to get theirs fairly quickly. “There are three
             Hana King | Staff Writer             have chosen to pursue, says Slobodnik.                helps bridge the gap between what you’re             main qualifications the students have to meet,”
                                                       Second: it allows students to get real-          learning in school and what you’ll be doing          Slobodnik says. “They need to have taken
       During these stressful economic times,     world experience. In a nationwide study, the          in the real world.”                                  two to five classes in their majors;-the more
       students beginning to venture out into     Department of Health and Welfare Services                  Troy Carter is another City College             technical the major, the more classes they will
the post-college world may find the job hunt to   found that 70 percent of employers expect             student is also doing an internship. Carter          have to have taken.
be a pretty daunting endeavor. The good news      students to have completed an internship              is in the office of State Assembly member                 The student also needs a cumulative
is that there is a way to rise above the slump-   before graduation.                                    Anthony Portantino. The internship program           G.P.A. of 2.5. And finally, students have to be
ing economy and deteriorating job market.              Third: an internship can convert to a job.       helped him out.                                      able to devote four to 20 hours a week to their                         Express Photo| Randall Briggs
     The City College Internship and Work         Such was the case for Ben Stone, a former                  “I wanted to be involved somewhere in           internship, says Slobodnik. Qualified students            Wendy Slobodnik, left,
Experience program enables students to take       student who majored in Engineering Design             the legislative process,” said Carter. “Now          can go to (https://wexp.losrios.edu/default.              and assistant May Yang
classes based on career goals, and obtain in-     Technology, who now works full-time as a              that I’ve done this internship, I am sure that       asp) to view available internships.                       coordinate the Work
ternships relating to their area of interest.     result of his internship and experience with          I want to be a part of a full-time legislative                                                                 Experience and Internship
     “We offer approximately 1,045 intern-        the program.                                          staff.” The internship in Portantino’s office                                                                  programs at City College.
                                                                                          GOINGS ON:                 City College’s Department of Political Science Speakers Series and City College’s
                                                                                          Honors Club present HEATHER FARGO on MONDAY, SEPT. 29, from noon to 1pm in the Student Center.
                                                                                          All are invited to listen and ask questions to the current Sacramento mayor. The event is free.

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New bond for                                                                                                           Hartmann shows the
Los Rios District                                                                                                      farm workers’ struggle
$475 million may                                                                                                       International
go to help Los Rios                                                                                                    photographer
schools                                                                        Express Illustration | Charles Linzie

                                                                                                                       Ilka Hartmann
                      Kevin Ericson | Staff Writer


       While voters across the country will go to the polls Nov. 4
                                                                      Budget                                           speaks about
       to elect a new U.S. president, Sacramento voters will also
decide whether or not to allocate $475 million to the Los Rios
                                                                      update                                           migrant workers
Community College District, a bond called Measure M.                  After a record 85-day delay, the                                  Jack Remson | News Editor
         Like Measure M, another general obligation bond named        state budget was finally signed by
Measure A passed in 2002, giving the Los Rios district $265           Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.                              In City College’s Cultural Awareness Center
million. The bond, which passed with a 72.5 percent approval,                                                                  Tuesday, international photographer Ilka Hart-
is similar to the current measure which requires a 55 percent
                                                                      “The budget contains some good
                                                                                                                       mann spoke of her ongoing coverage of the United
                                                                      news for community colleges,”
majority vote for passage. Measure M will Lend the Los Rios                                                            Farm Workers of America.
                                                                      said Los Rios Community College
district the funds.                                                                                                             According to Hartmann, she has been involved
                                                                      Chancellor Brice Harris. “But it does
     Those in favor of the bond’s approval note that it is aimed      not address the state’s underlying
                                                                                                                       in taking photographs of the United Farm Workers
solely at landowners, inclusive of residential, commercial and        fiscal problems which will be
                                                                                                                       since the late 1960s.
industrial, Measure M includes a tax on each landowner for an         pushed forward into the next year                     “I felt honored to even be able to take pictures,”
additional $9.10 per $100,000 in assessed property value, ac-         and could still result in mid-term               said Hartmann. “You always have to be with the
cording to the official Los Rios Web site. They are calling it        budget cuts this year.”                          people.”
essential to the sustainability of the Los Rios campuses. These                                                              Although she has been taking these pictures for
                                                                      According to Harris, the following               so long, Hartmann says she has had a lot of difficulty
supporters cite significant increases in enrollment over the past     are highlights of the new budget:                getting her work noticed. After the death of Cesar
few years at all the district’s campuses. City College student                                                                                                                                                Photo courtesy of Ilka Hartmann
                                                                                                                       Chavez, she tried to get her work published but was
Virginia Martinez, who is in her first semester of college studies,   • .68 percent cost of living
                                                                                                                                                                                  United Farm Workers of America members
                                                                      allowance                                        turned down.
is shocked to see how many students pack the campus, hallways,                                                               “I was very surprised that Cesar Chavez was
                                                                                                                                                                                  march in Salinas in 1979. Photo courtesy of
                                                                      • 2 percent growth funding
and classrooms of City College.                                       • $75 million to partially backfill               not on the cover of Life magazine,” Hartmann said.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ilka Hartmann.
     “On my first day of classes, I saw students sitting on the       property tax shortfall                            “Only now, two generations later, are people becom-
classroom floor, without a desk, but eager to be in the class,        • Student fees will remain at $20                 ing interested.”
period,” Martinez said.                                               • Categorical programs funded at                       Learning Resources Division Dean Rhonda Rios
     While faculty and staff won’t see any of the money in the        last year’s levels                                Kravitz, who did manual labor in fields as a child,       has shown her work in exhibits, not just of the United
form of wage increases, the classrooms they spend the day teach-      • Cal Grant program sustained                     attended the event.                                       Farmworkers.
ing in will become better equipped with updated technology, nec-      “While this budget is not one that                      “[I feel] a personal connection to the farm work-        She has taken pictures of the Black Panthers,
essary renovations, or perhaps a new classroom all together.          will enable community colleges                    ers,” Kravitz said. “I attended Cesar Chavez’s funeral    WWII-related photographs, and photographs involv-
     However, some aren’t in favor of the bond’s passing.             to meet all of the needs of our                   procession.”                                              ing Rwanda, among others.
     City College student Nikol Alves said, “Measure M sounds         students, communities and hard-                        Kravitz is glad to see the events portrayed in             Around 20 people attended the event.
like a chance for lawmakers and politicians to add on another         working faculty and staff,” said City             Hartmann’s photography get notice.                             “The turnout varies,” said Cultural Awareness
tax to those residents who are already struggling to pay for the      College President Kathryn Jeffery,                     “The farmworkers’ struggle is of course far from     Coordinator Victoria Hendersen. “With the CAC, you
basic necessities of life.”                                           “it could have been much worse.”                  over.”                                                    just never know how many people will participate.”
                                                                                                                               Hartmann has been a teacher of genocide and             “Hopefully people will walk away with some-
                                                                                                                        holocaust studies at Sonoma State University. She         thing.” Hendersen said.
                                                                                                     Read e.press for a continuation of last issue’s season preview story and photo coverage of
                                                                                                     the Sept. 16 volleyball game against Solano College @ www.wserver.scc.losrios.edu/~express



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                                                                                                  Football opens season with loss
                                                                                                     Butte College Roadrunners run over Panthers
                                                                                                             Eddie Bradford | Staff Writer              injury late in the first quarter. His return         With fans cheering and hoping for a
                                                                                                                                                        was questionable throughout the game,           miracle, the Panthers seemed to run out
                                                                                                            The City College Panthers foot-             though he would appear briefly before           of gas as the game went into the fourth
                                                                                                            ball team opened up the 2008                being sidelined the rest of the game.           quarter and the Roadrunners ran away
                                                                                                     season Sept. 6 against the Butte College                In the second quarter Butte                with the game. Boudreaux left the game
                                                                                                     Roadrunners with hopes of starting off             College quarterback Ryan Ratekin                with 14:26 left on the clock with cramps
                                                                                                     on a high note, but lost 40-13.                    went to work, throwing three touch-             and was replaced by Ricky Rodarte.
                                                                                                          In the first half, Panthers quarter-          down passes including a 34 yarder to                 Feeling like the game was already
                                                                                                     back Josh Boudreaux just couldn’t get              wide receiver Joshua Bellamy.                   won, the Roadrunners decided to send
                                                                                                     into rhythm as his team went three and                  By halftime the Panthers were              their second- and third-string play-
                                                                                                     out on most of their possessions. The              down 26-0, but things were looking up           ers into the game, including Jordan
                                                                                                     Roadrunners scored first, with Butte               as they opened the third quarter very           Rodgers, brother of NFL Quarter-
                                                                                                     College running back Alex Courtney                 strong scoring with a 20-yard run by            back Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers didn’t
                                                                                                     dashed into the end zone with a 60-yard            Boudreaux, taking the score to 26-7 fol-        do much but hand off the ball to
                                                                                                     run making the score 7-0 following the             lowing the extra point by Derek Caroth-         Courtney, who scored with 7:23 left in the
                                                                                                     extra point. The Panthers went back                ers. The Panthers defense held up with          game making it 40-13.
                                                                                                     onto the field for their second drive, but         plenty of big plays giving the offense               The following week, the
                                                                                                     came up short, gaining only five yards             opportunity to make a comeback. An              Panthers lost their game against
                                                               Express Photo | Michael Iredale       and having to punt the ball away.                  interception by defensive back Kevin            Sierra College 62-15.
                                                                                                          As if things couldn’t get any worse           Watts set the tone with 10:26 left in the            The next game for the Panthers will
    City College quarterback Josh Boudreaux breaks free of Butte College
                                                                                                     for the Panthers, defensive lineman                third quarter which resulted in a Panther       be Sept. 27 against San Joaquin Delta
    linebacker Jon Bon Watts in a game held at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 6.
                                                                                                     Akiem Hicks left the game with a knee              touchdown making it 26-13.                      College at Hughes Stadium.




        Anthoney Andersen | Staff Writer       tournament on Sept. 20.                     going to prevail.
                                                    The team is notably larger than             “Right now, the alumni have a
          The City College wrestling           in previous seasons with about 40           winning streak going on [with the
          season is underway, with the         wrestlers. The coaches say they             yearly alumni match] so I think we
   Panthers looking stronger than ever.        keep the team on a tough workout            pretty much have this down,” said
   The team has high hopes for a great         regimen, which focuses mainly on            Ticas.
   season, despite losing to the alumni        running and a little on weight lifting,          Despite the upset, the Panthers
   team in a scrimmage on Sept. 5.             in order for the players to have the        are looking at a very promising
        Walter Ulrich, assistant coach         endurance to last the entire match.         season. With the coaches
   for the wrestling team, says that he             Shawn Michalek, a 19-year-old          pushing the team harder
   believes this year is a very strong         freshman believes one reason the            at practice this year,
   team and thought the alumni scrim-          team is better this year is because of      and with some help
   mage was good practice for the              the increase in its workouts.               from the more ex-
   upcoming season.                                 “Ulrich and coach Pacheco have         perienced returning
        Joe Pacheco, a 20-year-old             made practices a lot tougher this year      wrestlers, they have a
   business major in his third year with       amd they have us working out more           good chance to come
   the Panthers, sees his team going all       and spending more time on the mat,”         out on top this
   the way this season.                        said Michalek.                              season.
        “With a bunch of returning                  The Panthers’ stamina showed
   seniors this season, we have a really       Friday as they battled to stay alive
   strong team that has a chance to win        and won a few rounds toward the
   state,” said Pacheco.                       end of the match, but the more
        Unfortunately, Pacheco did not         experienced alumni team still pre-
   compete in the alumni scrimmage             vailed.                                              “If we can go this
   due to an injury, but was ready to               Eric Ticas, a wrestler for the         year without any injuries, the
   compete in the team’s first tourna-         alumni, sounded very confident              team has a really good chance to                                                                                          Express Photo | Marcos Chavez

   ment of the season, the Sac City            before the match that his team was          win,” said Pacheco.                                      City College wrestler Joe Garner subdues wrestling alum Nate Coffin
                                                                                                                                                    during the annual Alumni Scrimmage match at City College on Sept. 5.


Capital City Football                                              continued from page 1

line, the Tigers kept the offense on       another fourth down situation              “We’re away from our families,
the field instead of sending in the


                                                                                                                                                                                                    sideline
                                           near the end zone. They went for           and it’s (Hurricane Ike) in our
kicking team and got in the end            it again and scored on an 8-yard           guys’ minds.”
zone on a 2-yard quarterback keeper        Lucas Caparelli run.                           The Capital City Football
from Reid.                                     The Bears tried to maintain            Classic was also a success for City
    The Tigers lead was short              their narrow lead by working the           College. According to the official
lived, as the Bears answered
it with Brooks’ only passing
                                           clock and keeping the ball out
                                           of the Tiger’s hands as much as
                                                                                      scoring summary of the game,
                                                                                      14,923 people attended the game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         sulking
touchdown of the game. Shepherd            possible. The plan backfired when          This doesn’t include the people                                                                                                       TERRI M. VENESIO
missed the extra point and the first
half ended with the Bears up 22-
                                           the Tigers intercepted Brooks. The
                                           Tigers offense took the field and
                                                                                      that came to the college for the
                                                                                      HBCU College Fair that was in the
                                                                                                                                             And the Boney goes to...
17.                                        got into the end zone with a Reid          quad, the Multi Cultural Event at                             Since 1993, ESPN has given out its              he decided to steal the luggage of running back
    The Tigers started the second          6-yard pass to Roland Robins.              Hughes Stadium before the game,                               jock-Oscar, the ESPY, to athletes, sports       Rudi Johnson out of revenge.
half by getting the first possession       The Tigers led 33-29 after a failed        or any of the other events in the                      teams and coaches                                            Seriously dude, is that the best revenge
by recovering a fumble made by             2-point conversion.                        days leading up to game day.                                Oscars and ESPYs offer positive rein-             you could think of? Is grand theft suitcase re-
the Bears special team during the                                                                                                            forcement actors and athletes for jobs well            ally better than the classic itching-powder-in-
                                               The Bears failed to score on               “While Hughes Stadium has
kickoff. The possession would                                                                                                                done. But at Oscar time every year, we also see        the-jock-strap move? And why take it out on
                                           the following possession, which            some limitations, based upon it’s
result in a 28-yard Hersh field                                                                                                              the Razzie awards given out to the worst films         Johnson? His signing and your dismissal were
                                           ended with a missed field goal.            age, it was great to see Hughes in
                                                                                                                                             of the year. The ESPYs didn’t have a Razzie            decisions made only by the higher ups.
goal. Those points would not be            That would be the closest the              use for a larger-scale event,” says                    equivalent—until now.                                        Basketball: Spain’s national team. Dur-
unanswered, as the Bears would             Bears would come to scoring in             Dean of Athletics Mitch Campbell,                           These awards, which I call The Boneys,            ing the Beijing Olympics, a photo of the team
get their last touchdown of the                                                       “Hughes Stadium has such a
                                           the fourth quarter and the Tigers                                                                 will go to the athletes and sports officials who       posing with them slanting their eyes was
game from a 16-yard run from               walked away with their first win in        tremendous history and tradition –                     go far past the dumb jock stereotype by being          leaked to the public. They said it was done
Wooten.                                    two years.                                 I think it’s a great resource for the                  totally boneheaded.                                    as a joke, and there was no malicious intent.
    The Tigers made their way                  “The win means a lot,” says            college and it was nice to see it on                        Baseball: Youth Baseball League of New            People stopped talking about it, and the crisis
up the field and were faced with           Tiger head coach Johnnie Cole,             full display last Saturday.”                           Haven. The 3-year-old league in Connecticut            went away.
                                                                                                                                             decided to disband one of the teams this sum-                Still, it doesn’t mean it was a good idea.
                                                                                                                                             mer. Not because they were using a kid who             Spain got off lucky. If it were a U.S. team
                                                                                                                                             was older than the league limit allowed, not           posing in that picture, there would have been
                                                           15% o      small, medium, or large pizza for                                      because the players were using something out           a bigger backlash. Political correctness or not,
                                                          all college students and faculty!!                                                 of Barry Bonds’ medicine cabinet, but because          it just wasn’t very sportsman like.
                                                                                                                                             the team’s star player Jericho Scott was too                 The final award of the evening goes to a
                                                           FREE SODA ($1.75 value) with the purchase                                         good a pitcher. Scott, 9, has a 40 mph fastball,       legend. This legend has had a storied career
                                                          of a personal pizza!                                                               and parents on the other teams got their pant-         and a bunch of awards under his belt. The
                                                                                                                                             ies all bunched up and started whining to the          Boney for Bonehead Athlete of the Year goes
                                                           PIZZA BY THE SLICE for just $2.50! M-F,                                           league about the possibility of their little hitters   to new Jets quarterback Brett Favre. Despite
                                                          11 am-2 pm only                                                                    getting beaned. The league told coach Wilfred          being a St. Louis Rams fan, I had respect for
                                                                                                                                             Vidro that Scott could play any other position,        Favre. The guy’s a great football player and
                                                              Call ahead, place your order, and it will be                                   but that he couldn’t take the mound. When              has had to play in generally crappy weather
                                                                                                                                             Vidro put him on the mound two games later,            conditions in Green Bay. I also get how hard
                                                             ready when you want it! Check out our                                           the opposing team forfeited and the league             it is to be away from sports as I still go nuts
                                                             daily specials!                                                                 disbanded the team.                                    every spring because I’m not playing softball.
                                                              WIFI available while you enjoy your lunch!                                          Seriously, New Haven, that isn’t cool.            But Favre made that decision after toying with
                                                                                                                                             Sure, Vidro should have listened and I see             retirement for several years. Favre could have
                                                              Get your FREE Sac City business card and                                       the parents concerns about batters getting             gone and coached somewhere so he could still
                                                             with ten $6 or more pizza purchases, get a                                      beaned—to a point. Most kids that age already          be part of the game, but no, he had to be a big
                                                             FREE 2-topping large pizza of your choice!                                      get the whole concept of trying to avoid getting       baby and come back. Once the Packers said
                                                                                                                                             hit by something. Plus with childhood obesity          no, he should have given up on his comeback.
                                                              We accept Visa or Mastercards                                                  being such a problem in our nation, why in the         Running off to another team, especially just
                                                              Book a party in our large meeting room!                                        world would you want to discourage kids from           to get a championship and retire or to squeeze
                                                                                                                                             taking part in sports?                                 out a few more career stats out of one more
                                                                                                                                                  Football: Tatum Bell, running back re-            season is my biggest sports related pet peeve.
                                                                     2114 Sutterville Road                                                   cently waived from the Detroit Lions. As if it         Because of this, Favre has completely lost my
                                                                on stadium side of City College                                              wasn’t bad enough that Bell didn’t make the            respect—but he has earned the biggest Boney
                                                                                                                                             cut with the perpetually cellar-dwelling Lions,        I dole out.
                                                                                                                                Express Photo | Jana Hendler




                                  Performances show there’s more than
                                  football at the Capital City Classic
                                         Michael Iredale | Photo Editor
                                                                                         On game day, City Col-
                                                                                     lege hosted an HBCU college


                                   C
                                            ity College was host to
                                                                                     fair in the quad. An estimated
                                            The Capital City Foot-
                                                                                     4,000 students and parents
                                            ball Classic, a series
                                                                                     from as far away as Oakland
                                   of events and activities on
                                                                                     came to talk with represen-
                                   Sept. 11-13.
                                                                                     tatives from HBCU schools,
                                       In addition to the football
                                                                                     such as Tuskegee University
                                   matchup between Shaw Uni-
                                   versity of North Carolina and                     and Howard University.
                                   Texas Southern University,                            Prior to the game, a mul-
                                   two Historically Black Col-                       ticultural festival was held at
                                   leges and University (HBCU)                       the south end of Hughes Sta-
                                   teams, the three-day event                        dium. The festival included a
                                   included a number of cultural                     variety of vendors and a wide
                                   activities and fundraising eve                    selection of southern foods.
                                   nts, as well as a college re-                     A highlight of the festival was
                                   cruitment fair.                                   a live music performance by
                                       Events began on Sept. 11                      Jaqui Rice, daughter of NFL
                                   with a fundraising scholar-                       legend Jerry Rice.
                                   ship dinner at the Sacramento                         A scheduled halftime
                                   Sheraton Grand, sponsored                         battle of the bands between
                                   by the United College Action                      Shaw and Texas Southern’s
                                   Network (U-CAN). On Friday                        marching bands was can-
                                   evening a Greek Step show                         celed after Texas Southern’s
                                   was held at the Convention                        band was unable to travel due
                                   Center.                                           to hurricane Ike.
Express Photo | Michael Iredale                                                                                                        Express Photo | Michael Iredale



                                                                                                        Clockwise from top:
                                                                                                       Jaqui Rice, daughter
                                                                                                    of football legend Jerry
                                                                                                   Rice, sings the national
                                                                                                          anthem before the
                                                                                                        Capital City Football
                                                                                                  Classic game. Antoinette
                                                                                                        Warren dances with
                                                                                                        the Shaw University
                                                                                                  Platinum Marching Band
                                                                                                      during halftime at the
                                                                                                        Capital City Football
                                                                                                  Classic game at Hughes
                                                                                                       Stadium on Sept. 13.
                                                                                                        Rice also performed
                                                                                                    at the multicultural fair
                                                                                                        at Hughes Stadium.
                                                                                                        Dena McClain plays
                                                                                                        saxophone with the
                                                                                                            Shaw University
                                                                                                  Platinum Marching Band
                                                                                                      during halftime at the
                                                                                                        Capital City Football
                                                                                                  Classic game at Hughes
                                                                                                         Stadium. The Shaw
                                                                                                  University mascot rallies
                                                                                                       the crowd during the
                                                                                                        Capital City Football
                                                                                                  Classic game at Hughes
                                                                                                                    Stadium.
                                                              Express Photo | Michael Iredale                                        Express Photo | Allison Valenzuela

				
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