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SERVING THE SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY SINCE 1922          Volume 96 Issue 5 November 6. 2012


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Editorial: Tis the Season


he holiday season is a the Journal of Consumer time when many peo- Research in October 2008 ple get overwhelmed found that asking supportwith the spirit of giving and ers for their time rather than feel that yank on the old directly asking for money heart strings that loosens up is a better way to increase their pockets and compels donations. Because the them to help out those less mindset is different when fortunate than them. money is involved, hitting Tis the season. Or is it? up potential donors for While it is noble to monetary funds can alienate want to help out our fellow them and turn them off. man and woman, why is it something that most just do seasonally, if at all? And not by just leaving spare change in a small bucket by a cash register or dumping off canned goods for the poor that you didn’t want anyway. Rolling up your sleeves and helping out is the focus here. Of course, don’t stop writing those checks or doing those Thanksgiving runs to Illustration by Nicki Winstead feed the hungry. These helpful holiday donations make up a significant chunk of the annual They immediately think funds raised by charitable about what the donation will organizations. This is simdo to their bank account. ply a call to action to not be Many people, especially last-minute philanthropists. starving college students, Don’t try to cram all your can probably afford and goodwill into the last two prefer to donate a couple months of the year. of hours of time instead A study published in of forking over money for

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books and classes, and well, let’s be honest, the money we spend on entertainment and relaxation, like what we spend on alcohol. Asking for someone’s time, on the other hand, elicits a different response, an emotional one. It gives a person a warm and fuzzy feeling, making the experience stand out as

one with more personal significance. Giving time means you got out there and physically helped. You put a face to your contribution rather than blankly writing a check. You are able to witness the impact your service has done. And people who

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volunteer their time are still more likely to donate funds than those who were just simply hit up for cash, and according to the study, this is in addition to volunteering their time. Organizations are in great need of volunteers for all positions and will always welcome your assistance. Charities need both money and volunteer service to keep running smoothly and effectively. Just remember that the Salvation Army, and other charitable organizations like it, needs money year-round, not just for Christmas time with the Santa’s with the bells and the red money kettles. So this holiday season, do what you can to help. Even if you don’t have money, carve out some time to give to those less fortunate than you. And consider taking this attitude of paying it forward into the new year, year-round, so people can be helped at all times, not just when the bells ringers on the sidewalks are reminding us of the world’s great needs.

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Overflowing confidence Director of Operations outlines flood preparedness • Teri Barth Staff Writer •


e informed, know the plan and don't forget the rubbers—rubber boots that is. The subject is flood preparedness at City College, especially after watching the ravages of Hurricane Sandy last week. The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency has stated, “Sacramento's risk of flooding is the greatest of any major city in the country.” A sign posted at the entrance of City College’s south parking lot reads: "This parking lot has been designed to retain up to 12" of water during a maximum rainfall storm of 6 hours. You are responsible for removing your car in such an event.” Some students aren't quite sure what would happen in the event of flooding. "I don't know of any procedures," said Jackie Horvoka, a 19-year-old business major. "I mean, if I were in class and there was a flood, how would that [be handled]?" Diana Werden, 36-year-old business major, thinks that students should be informed about emergency procedures.

"I've been at City for two years now and have no idea if there is any thing in place for flooding," said Werden. Is City College prepared for campus flooding? Are there emergency procedures in place? City College Director of Operations Gregory Hayman assures the campus community the answer is yes.

"Sacramento's risk of flooding is the greatest of any major city in the country." –The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

"We have a process,” said Hayman. “In any emergency, whether it be flood, earthquake, anything you can imagine that would warrant having to make alterations to the class schedules, we…determine what the

best course of action is. In case of a flood, if the entire school is shut down, depending on the severity of it, the planning folks would be looking for alternate facilities to move classes to." In the event of flooding, City College operations will use the Los Rios Alert system to communicate with students, via email and/or text message. The system will alert students of any emergency that will affect class schedules. For the system to be effective, Hayman says students are responsible for keeping their contact information current. Updates can be made online at the eServices portal of the school website. "We encourage students…to insure that their information is current and up to date in the system,” said Hayman. “[That way] when [emergency] information goes out, it goes out to everybody." Further preparations include a flip chart of emergency procedures located in every classroom, and evacuation route maps posted at main exits in each building. Additionally, there are 21 emergency phones strategically located throughout the campus. These phones connect students directly to campus police, 24 hours a day. Students are encouraged to

use these phones to report any type of emergency, including flooding. “Things such as a levee break [would constitute a flood]," said Hayman. “Anything that would preclude students getting to class.” Should there ever be a need to evacuate the campus, Hayman further explained that although Sacramento streets are prone to flooding, they are usually still drivable. Hayman says that the flooding of the streets is because of levee inadequacies and inadequacies in the City of Sacramento's water abatement planning, which the city is currently addressing. As far as flooding in the South Lot, none have occurred during the seven years Hayman has been at City College. Should the South Lot ever flood though, the Emergency Operations Center will provide instructions to owners responsible for vehicles potentially parked in, as the sign states, up to 12 inches of standing water. For further information on emergency procedures, including an emergency contact list, phone roster, and safety tips, visit Emergency_Procedures.htm

Angelo Mabalot |

A sign outside of the South parking lot warns students for flooding emergencies.

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Domestic violence unmasked Anyone can find themselves to be victims of abuse


• Teri Barth Staff Writer •

omestic violence is real and it does not discriminate – its victims will continue to be in danger. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.” Clearly, domestic violence exempts no one. Among its victims are City College students. There is no better time to learn the facts about domestic violence than now. “I grew up with my father being very abusive,” said a 19-year-old female City College student, whose name is not being used to protect her privacy. “He didn't fit the typical profile of an abuser. Looking at him, you would never guess what he did to us – that he was even capable of what he did. People didn't always believe us. It wasn't until I was 18 that we escaped.”

"[Victims] need effective safety planning and they need access to other supportive resources." –Julie Bornhoeft

Women Escaping Violent Environments

Although the exact number of such students is undefined, according to NCADV'S Domestic Violence Facts, females between the ages of 20-24 are highest at risk of domestic violence and of Californians that are 18-24 years old, 30 percent attend community college, according to the Federation of California Community Colleges. Domestic violence victims are of all walks of life, according to Julie Bornhoeft, director of development and community relations for Women Escaping Violent Environments or WEAVE, a Sacramento agency.

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Five former domestic violence abusers speak and open themselves up for questions on a panel as part of the "Surviving Against All Odds" domestic violence event on Oct. 19, 2012.

“Domestic violence will more often have women being the victim but men are victims too,” said Bornhoeft. “[Male victims] have unique obstacles when they're trying to seek services. A lot of people don't believe them, or there are societal attitudes that if they toughen up it wouldn't be happening.” Having a plan and knowing what resources are available is crucial. According to Bornhoeft, research shows that safety and access to community resources are the two biggest barriers to overcome when someone is leaving a violent relationship. “[Victims] need effective safety planning and they need access to other supportive resources,” Bornhoeft said. According to Bornhoeft, friends and family should never pressure a victim to leave an abuser. “Each of us has our own timeline with tough decisions and that person isn't going to leave because their mother, their

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brother, their co-worker, their best friend said [they] don't like what's going on [and to] get out,” Bornhoeft said. “The not walking away is hard.” Bornhoeft further explained the difficulty of seeing someone you love be in situation where you know they may be in harm. Sacramento resident Michelle Pitcher, 43, is a firm believer that victims need the support of friends and family members. “My best friend of 18 years was killed as result of domestic violence five years ago, so I'm super sensitive when it comes to that,” Pitcher said. Pitcher says she takes domestic violence seriously and with good reason. “A friend of mine has been in an increasingly abusive relationship and when she was finally ready to get assistance from the Women's Center [she] asked me to come for moral support,” Pitcher said. “I couldn't get to her fast enough!”

“The extent that you continue to be supportive is critical,” said Bornhoeft. “We're not going to tell anyone what to do. That is part of their path. We know that survivors know what is best for them in any given situation. We're here to show them how to create a safety plan, how to safe place, and how to know what all their options are.” Options for victims of domestic violence include resources such as 24-hour hotlines, walk-in support services, low- and no-cost counseling, shelters, food assistance, and safe-house residency, to name a few. Additional information on domestic violence is available by visiting the following websites: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - WEAVE, Inc. - http://www.weaveinc. org/ - http://www.

A sign of hate Street sign defaced with homophobic slur on campus • Claire Sullivan Staff Writer •


n August, a student discovered that a street sign was vandalized near the perimeter of campus with a homophobic statement. A City of Sacramento’s no pedestrians sign which depicts a stick figure walking with a circular red cross was defaced by a vandal with a black marker to read: “No fags.” The sign with the graffiti was discovered by 22-year-old City College student Melony Ford. “I took a picture so that there was evidence of it, but then it occurred to me that I didn’t really know what to do with it,” Ford said. She found the vandalized sign on the first Wednesday of the fall semester, located between Rodda North and Rodda South on Freeport Boulevard. Hundreds, likely thousands, of students and educators would have walked by the

sign without reporting it to proper authorities. Ford explained that she had assumed the graffiti would have been removed after a week, but said she saw it was still there after five weeks into the semester. After learning about the sign, Sherri Goldberg, supervisor of the Assessment Center and club adviser of the Queer Straight Alliance club on campus, expressed concern about how long the vandalized sign stood before being reported to the authorities. “The main thing that I want to get across is that these things have to be reported to campus police first,” Goldberg said. “It can make people not want to come here.” Hate crimes refer to the motivating factor in the crime, and if it is determined that the crime is bias-motivated, hate crime laws ensure a harsher punishment to the culprit. Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or

property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” This is also called a bias-motivated crime. According to campus police, this incident is not a hate crime, but a mere case of vandalism. In cases of property-related, bias-motivated crime, police first establish whether or not it is, in fact, a hate crime, then they report it to operations to clean it up, but it must be reported to police first to look for trends that might occur. “On one hand, I’m not necessarily surprised,” said Ford of seeing the derogatory graffiti. “I’m kinda used to homophobia, but one of the reasons that I came to Sac City was I went to ARC first, and there was a lot of homophobia there. I felt like it wasn’t so bad at Sac City, and seeing that made me question that.” According to the FBI’s 2010 Statistics on hate crimes, there were 6,624 criminal incidents of discriminatory crime, 19.3 percent of which were motivated by a bias

against sexual orientation. About 10 percent of hate crimes occur at schools or colleges. “We want people to know that that isn’t what our campus is about,” Goldberg reiterated. “If people see that type of thing on signs, in bathrooms, wherever, they need to report it to campus police. It can be scary, it can keep people away, it can make people feel ashamed, but unfortunately, a lot of people are used to that... It’s hard to confront it, but it has to be confronted.”

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Earlier this semester a similar sign was vandalized with a hate crime message.

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A RTS & ENTERTAINMENT Zombies, front of the line

Cosmetology Department hosts a Halloween parade • Jessica Rine Staff Writer •


ladybug curls a gangster’s hair. A vampire jokes with a zombie pirate and a geisha. Halloween is on at the Cosmetology Department. Students enrolled in City College’s cosmetology program put their hair, makeup and nail skills to the test Oct. 31, parading around campus in their Halloween costumes. Zombies, storybook characters and animals snaked through the quad on Halloween morning, promoting the cosmetology department. “Halloween is my favorite holiday,” said a punked-out cat who usually goes by the name of Randy Cramer, 31. A cosmetology major, he says he loves playing with theatrical makeup.

Jessica Rine |

Cosmetology students dress up to celebrate their Halloween parade.

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Cosmetology students dressed up and paraded through City College in celebration of Halloween.




Valerie Collins, 32 dressed up as a zombie pirate.


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First-place place winner of the scariest costume contest, Jessica Jimenez, 19.

“One day a year I go crazy with my individuality,” said Cramer. Cramer’s intricate feline makeup won him first prize in the “Best Animal” costume contest held after the parade was finished. Other categories were “Scariest Costume,” “Best Traditional Costume,” “Funniest Costume” and “Best Fantasy Costume.” The most creative students were rewarded with buckets full of goodies. Who were the judges? “[The parade] gives the students a chance to express themselves,” said cosmetology professor Marcia Bonawitz. She and the other professors in the department encourage the students to go over the top and have fun with it. Cassandra Wilson, 26,

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“It’s nice to let the students have a chance to relax,” said cosmetology professor Fran Handy. “This is the day we all get to be kids. That’s what I love about Halloween.”

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Eat. Rest. Study.

Enjoy student–friendly hotspots around campus • Yvonne Santy Staff Writer •


few of my academic demands: stay alert, save dates and stay punctual. To meet these requirements, I drink coffee, ask questions, update my planner and rush to class too often. Frazzled with midterm madness, I also seek quiet spots where I can organize my thoughts and reboot. I get restless when I’m anywhere for too long. While students can appreciate the scenery and various study areas at City College, they should do homework at coffee shops, where they can grab a bite to eat, refuel on caffeine and relax outside of the confine of school buildings. My favorite spot near campus is Coffee Garden on Franklin Boulevard because its back patio is huge and lush with greenery. Iced coffee with soy costs $2.50. The cafe's hearty breakfast sandwich served with a bagel, eggs, a choice of cheese and meat, costs less than $5. When I’m there, I walk outside through the patio and pass by tables, chairs, water fountains and sparrows hopping on the gravel. I find a seat, and as my feet swivel on the ground, the gritty crunch beneath my Chuck Taylor’s tickles my ears. The random decor and steady sound of the water fountain is entertaining and peaceful.


While this works for me, I wonder: where do other students venture off campus to study? City College student Mark Vanveenendaal says he likes Espresso Metro, where he usually orders a single coffee for a couple dollars. He’ll buy a hard-boiled egg for just 65 cents. He doesn’t like waiting in lines at the Java City on campus, so he says he goes a block away to sip coffee and study. “I like the European feel of Espresso Metro,” Vanveenendaal says. “There’s outdoor seating, a nice park across the street and a natural setting. It’s people-friendly.” While some students look for scenery, others look for a great price and something good to eat. Zua Cha, who studies computer science at City College, says she likes Mahoroba Japanese Bakery, a few blocks south of school. She says she likes its location and the cheap food. She buys the croquette bun, which is a hot dog bun filled with potatoes, cabbage and a sweet, tangy sauce. “I go there to eat and study,” says Cha. “Sometimes I’ll rest my head on the table for a bit…that’s what happens when you’re a college student taking 18 units.” I’m always down to try new cuisine and save money so I called Mahoroba for a price check. Just $1.80 plus tax is all I’d need to devour a croquette bun of my own.


Don’t mind if I do. If I can eat somewhere and study at the same time, I’m in heaven. Valore Zambrano, English major at City College, found a haven at Isabel’s Taqueria and Pupseria. She says she likes the ma and pop feel of the restaurant, the prices and the space it provides for her studies. “I usually go there to eat,” says Zambrano. “I get two tamales, a good amount of rice and beans, and only spend $5.50. It’s quiet there and when I want a quiet place to study, I can always walk upstairs to another dining area.” Students who get restless being on campus for too long and have trouble studying at home should remember that there are plenty of local hotspots, which cater to their needs. Students can study and eat for cheap without walking more than 10 minutes away from campus. This is good because we need these places near campus which are kind to our budgets, welcoming to our workload, accepting of our endless need for Wi-Fi and affordable food. Yvonne Santy is a writer for the Express, focusing on pop culture in and around the City College campus.


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‘To fight another day’

October brings awareness to breast cancer

Checking Your Ta-tas

• Latrice Watts Staff Writer •

1. Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.


very year 226,870 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States or worldwide, according to the American Cancer Foundation. There are also 2.9 million survivors in the U.S. but 39,510 deaths in 2012 so far. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it served to bring awareness to breast cancer with events at City College such as a speech by the Rev. Tammie Denyse , 46, a breast cancer survivor, and the American Cancer foundation’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Sacramento. Denyse spoke to students about what her life was like when she had breast cancer at the Cultural Awareness Center on Oct. 16. Denyse says she didn’t’ know how to tell her family about her illness—in fact, she didn’t want too talk to anyone about it when she had cancer. Denyse didn’t know how to deal with it she says after she was diagnosed at 39, and her life changed in a blink of an eye When Denyse started her chemotherapy she says she felt like she was losing her mind. Deep down she says she felt crazy but it was the medication from the chemotherapy making her sick because it was working. Denyse chose to have a mastectomy she says, but having lost her hair and breast doesn’t define her, her life does. She chose her life over her breast, Denyse says. “Some women fear death and hair loss,” says Deynse who lost her hair and eyebrows. She learned how to draw her eyebrows on, make them look natural and bought herself new hair by way of wigs Today Denyse says she is a voice for women who are uncomfortable talking about breast cancer. “Don’t die while you’re alive,” says Denyse. “You can be dead when you’re dead.” As part of breast cancer awareness month, the city of Sacramento also hosted a variety of events intended to promote it. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk was held at the West Steps of the State Capitol and allowed those affected by breast cancer and its supporters to raise money on Oct. 21.

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Rev. Tammie Denyse and Gloria Moody came to show their support and speak about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness month inside the Cultural Awareness Center.

Emily Romero, 56, is fighting breast cancer and was at the walk with her husband, five kids and many other family members who came out to support her. They even made T-shirts that read, “Team Romero.” Romero was diagnosed at age 38 with breast cancer. After being cleared of cancer, Romero’s cancer came back twice she says. Now her cancer’s also spread to her lungs and just recently doctors informed her it had also spread to her brain. Her family supports the walk every year and prays that one-day, there will be a cure, she says. After tiring of chemotherapy treatments,” Romero says, “there were days [when] I didn’t even want to get out of bed.” Denyse experienced something similar. She went experienced a deep depression and wanted to stop the chemotherapy treatment, but faith, friends and family got her through her hardest times, she says. The event consisted of many different supporters of bringing awareness, and many of them will never be the same. Darlene Nesbitt, 63, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50. Nesbitt battled breast cancer for 10 year and says that it’s now a huge part of her life. Nesbitt says she found support in other cancer patients. “There is no better feeling than to wake up each day knowing that I’ve lived to fight another day,” Nesbitt says.

2. Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match— few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3. When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Illustration by Vivian Liu |

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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Prognosis: You need someone to talk to Health Services department provides guidance to healthy students • Aisha Shah Staff Writer •


o health insurance? Students can walk to the Health Services department, located in Rodda North 125, where two full-time registered nurses are available to assist students, whether they are medically insured or not. “I think [we’re] one of the key spots on campus right now,” says registered nurse Jeffery Christian. “Without health, it’s hard to be successful at whatever you are going to do, and we try to help students be successful by making sure their health is taken of.” Registered nurse Wendy Gomez says that City College is the only college in the Los Rios district to have two full-time registered nurses on staff. However, the department does not employ a general practitioner, whose job it is to diagnose and prescribe medication to patients who visit the office with problems ranging from strep throat to anxiety. “We would love to have a physician or a nurse practitioner on staff,” says Gomez. “This is a small clinic, so our basic function is to help the students decide if they need to see the doctor or not, and whether or not they can do self-care and not need to go the doctor. It’s more of a consulting-kind of thing.”

"Then [we] talk about coping mechanisms"

— Wendy Gomez, SCC nurse

Gomez says that the department keeps an archive of local clinics in Sacramento that can match the student's healthcare provider, and offers a list of physicians that accept patients who do not have health insurance, for a low-cost fee. The guide includes resources in mineral health, physical health, dental, and vision, Gomez says. One of the most common procedures conducted at the Health Services office,

according to Gomez, is tuberculosis testing, which is mandatory for staff. TB shots are given Monday through Friday. The shots cost $5 for students. Since the Health Services department can’t prescribe birth control to students, staff from Planned Parenthood visit City College every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Students are asked to make an appointment in advance to guarantee their visit. Planned Parenthood provides students with free HIV and STD testing, pregnancy testing, contraceptive pills and the morning after pill. Another big issue that students face on campus is having to cope with stress and anxiety they get from their classes, Gomez says. As such, it’s common for students to come into the Health Services office due to a recent panic attack. Since the nurses on staff are not allowed to give a diagnosis to patients, but only give an educated guess based on their medical experience, Gomez says she physically assesses the student to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong with their heart, that would require immediate medical assistance. When a student comes in complaining of a panic attack, Gomez says she tries to talk them through the episode. “Then [we] talk about coping mechanisms,” says Gomez. “What are you doing for your anxiety? How often is this happening? What is going on in your life that is making this happen? Then we determine whether or not they need some therapy, [or] medication from a psychiatrist.” According to medical assistant Pat Cousin, City College used to Tony Wallin | have a marriage and family psyWendy Gomez is one of two registered nurses in the Health Services Department at City College. chologist on staff but what the health services department needs most of all, “academic counseling,” says Cousin. “More than just once, more than just besides a general practitioner, is a clinical “[The academic counselors] do some for crisis.” psychologist. The counselors on campus crisis [prevention], but people just need to can assist students with a variety of differbe able to talk to somebody,” says Cousin. ent issues, but mainly they're trained for

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Making the grade Sports 90 class helps student-athletes off the field • Teri Barth Staff Writer •


ree tutoring, printing, computer use, and Internet access. These are just some of the free services available to City College studentathletes enrolled in Sports 90 - Academic Study Skills for Student-Athletes. More than just a place for freebies, Sports 90 is also a lecture/lab course designed for academically at-risk student-athletes. The course is structured as a way to empower students with the tools necessary to successfully juggle academics and sports. Although student-athletes are not required to take Sports 90, study skills lab coordinator Professor Deborah Blair says enrolling is still a wise decision. “We found that [student-athlete] GPAs are higher, the completion rate of classes

is higher, the transfer and graduation rates are higher than normal students in every category,” said Blair. City College nutrition major Paul Buchanan, a 20-year-old member of the wrestling team, says he has found the class useful. “It's pretty cool,” he said. “There is a free printer in there, which is really good.” There are other benefits too, he added. “There are some tutors in there and Ms. Blair is really helpful too,” he said. “[The class] is a pretty useful tool. A lot of the students [in Sports 90] have the same classes so it's a good place for them to get together and study.” Buchanan’s teammate, Bryant Wood, 18, undecided major, agrees. “[Sports 90] forces you to lay down some time to study; it's a good reminder to stay on top of things," said Wood. "It's

“[Sports 90] forces you to lay down some time to study; it's a good reminder to stay on top of things," – Br yant Wood also a grade check. So if you're failing any classes it makes you aware of it and helps me to keep in touch with my teachers – to communicate better.” Julie Ferrara-Jones, adjunct professor of kinesiology and athletics, teaches two sections of Sports 90 said she believes that the environment inside the classroom adds to the value of the program. “The benefits are tremendous for the

students that utilize the study skills lab. Sport 90 provides student-athletes with an environment conducive to studying; it’s quiet, they can work in small study groups, they have access to computers, as well as tutors,” said Ferrara-Jones. “Sports 90 gives them an opportunity to be productive and get school work done prior to going to their scheduled practices.” Sports 90 also includes lectures that cover topics for improving common courtesy skills and face-to-face communication skills. Other lecture topics include note-taking skills and even how to do a grade check. Blair says she believes that living in a digital society and relying on electronics to communicate with others often means that common courtesy skills and face-to-face skills need improving. “When kids ask me if I have Facebook, I tell them no,” said Blair. “I'm just not that way. My relations are face to face. [Studentathletes] admit that they have become textaddicted. I text because I have to.” Ferrara-Jones also explained that Sports 90 is just one of many means available for student-athletes to succeed academically. “I think Sports 90 is an excellent resource for student-athletes here at SCC in addition to other outstanding resources such as the [Learning Resouce Center], the math lab, and the writing center,” said FerraraJones. “All SCC students have access to an incredible amount of support to help them be successful; they just need to take advantage of those resources.” Ferrara-Jones and Blair perhaps understand more than most the importance of student-athletes maintaining good grades -- both are former student athletes as well as collegiate coaches, with Ferrara-Jones still serving as an assistant coach for the City College track and field program. “We try to make getting their homework done and tutoring a part of their day,” said Blair. “We ask them to [take Sports 90] because we want them to be successful.”

Kelvin Sanderts |

Kelvin Sanders | Free tutoring,printing, computer use, and Internet access are just some of the free services available for student athletes enrolled in Sports 90-Academic Study Skills for Student-Athletes.

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Rising above the net Volleyball player Maddy Berridge digs her way to success • Cherene Briggs Staff Writer •


ity College volleyball player Maddy Berridge,18, plans on majoring in criminal justice but eventually might end up digging her way to a four-year university. In volleyball, the term “digging” refers to when a player prevents the ball from hitting his or her side of the court after the opponents has either spiked or served the ball to the team. It’s a move usually done with two hands. Berridge’s position on defense, called a libero, means she is in the game to attack every ball she can and to get digs, a valuable skill sought after by coaches. “She is the top digger in the state of California based on her digs per set,” says Nash. “She is solid on serve receives and usually passes half our court because of her low errors and consistent pass rating.” Born into a family of athletes and the baby of the bunch, Berridge says she grew up a natural competitor with something to prove to her older brothers and sister.

“I basically had to choose a sport, and get really good at it,” says Berridge. While attending Union Mine High School in Placerville, Berridge was an All Metro player who helped lead her team in 2011 to a Division 4 State Championship. Now, as a freshman at City College, Berridge's head coach Laurie Nash and teammates say her competiveness and drive to succeed are backed up by action. “She leads by example and constantly tries to lead this team by her desire to raise the level of our game and play better as a team,” says Nash. Nash has only known Berridge for six months but says she feels like she has known her even longer because she is so easy going and very self-confident. “Maddy appears to be very laid-back as a volleyball player, but is very intense and pushes herself and her teammates to be their best,” says Nash. “I enjoy coaching Maddy because she has a high volleyball IQ [knowledge of the game] and is extremely reliable as a libero.” Berridge has been playing volleyball since elementary school and says she is

Maddy Berridge is a city college volleyball player and the top "digger" in the State of California based on her digs per set. Getting digs is a valuable skill sought after by many volleyball coaches.

inspired by her role model and professional beach volleyball player Misty Mae, whom she met when she was 13 at her junior high school. “It was really, really cool,” she says of the meeting. Emily Seros, a 19-year-old outside hitter and captain of the team says Berridge is very competitive, but also funny and caring. “She can tell me straight when I’m not performing to my highest potential and always tells me that I’m alright when I make a mistake,” she says. “When I put a ball away she is the one that is jumping up and down with me in excitement.” Off the court, Berridge rock climbs regularly with her boyfriend and plans on skydiving for a second time from at least 18,000 feet in a couple of months. “The feeling [skydiving] is unlike any other feeling in the world,” she says. The athlete compares the feeling of adrenaline she gets from sky diving to the feeling she gets on the volleyball court and says she takes that level of intensity into every single game. That intensity translates to helping her

fellow athletes on the court. “Maddy is definitely a team player,” says Seros. “She will put her body out on the line to get a ball up.” Nash says she believes Berridge will achieve her goals. “She has high aspirations to play volleyball at a major university,” says Nash. “She understands what it takes to get there.” Berridge says she is driven to reach her goals while playing at City College. “All I do is sports,” says Berridge. “It [volleyball] is the best thing in my life. It’s what drives me every day and I don’t know what I would do without it.”

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311 - JACC General Ex - 11-06-12  

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311 - JACC General Ex - 11-06-12  

First issue of three