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FEBRUARY 4, 2014

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State of the Union speaks to students


Are you covered? Jake Patrick Donahue Sports Editor // Obamacare is here. Rollout issues aside, the president’s new plan will impact every American in some way. City College students opened up about their views on the controversial new law.

Patrick Kozitza // major undecided “I’m pretty neutral to the whole thing. I’m just going to ride it out and see where it goes.” Illustration by Carl Phillips

IF YOU NEVER USED the emergency room for your primary care physician, you might not understand what being uninsured means. “I don’t think everyone should be forced to sign up, but that’s just the way it is and you’ve just got to go with the flow, i guess.” If you never left home for class three hours early because you were between paychecks, could not afford gas and had to take the bus, you might not understand the significance of a minimum wage increase. And if you never sat up late worrying about finding a decent job after graduation, you might not understand fearing the inevitable student loan bill that follows a diploma. As Sacramento City College students, many of us face financial challenges. According to Los Rios Chancellor Brian King in a speech to administration, faculty and staff during the college’s spring semester convocation, 63 percent of the student population falls below the federal poverty line, and most students work at full or part time jobs to make ends meet. So last week, when the Express tuned in to see where students fit in the state of the union, President Barack Obama seemed speak to us, the working students of America. In his fifth State of the Union address, with no concern for reelection, the president touted his namesake Affordable Care Act victory and outlined an ambitious agenda that includes a proposed increase in the mini-

mum wage and a cap on monthly student loan repayments. When it comes to “Obamacare,” we agree with those who point out that it is flawed, and its rollout continues to be awkward. However, we feel that for many students before the new health care law, medical insurance was a not a fiscal reality. A case of bronchitis can end a semester, and, left untreated, it might turn into a case of pneumonia. Under the new law many students are able to remain on parental insurance policies until age 26, and as of Jan. 1, more students qualify for individual coverage at little or no cost, depending on their income.

More often than not, State

of the Union promises go unfulfilled, and the partisan divide now on stage in our current political theater fails to inspire optimism.

As employees or the unemployed, as parents or retirees, the essays, homework and tests we should focus on as students often compete with making the rent and buying groceries. When there is mention of an increase in wages, we actively


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listen, but for now the minimum wage increase the president spoke of in his address is just symbolic. The federal raise by executive order to $10.10 applies only to employees covered under future military contracts. This does little to help today’s City College student, who juggles his or her class schedule with a shift schedule at McDonald’s. But it is a start. The president also offered a financial lifeline to future graduates by way of a new student loan program that caps monthly federal student loan repayment at 10 percent of the borrower’s income. More often than not, State of the Union promises go unfulfilled, and the partisan divide now on stage in our current political theater fails to inspire optimism. But somewhere in the presidential rhetoric students can find a few kernels of hope. We believe that the Affordable Health Care Act will evolve into a fair healthcare law. We hope that the discussion on raising the minimum wage spurs a national debate on America’s income inequality. And we want our elected officials not only to reform the student loan system, but also to address the high cost of textbooks and university tuition. If, as many politicians say, we are America’s future, we want to see that all college students get the support to complete their educations and become active contributors to this nation. 

Delain Finley // gerontology “I think that socialized healthcare can work, but they tried to do it too fast.”

Benito Patino // major undecided “I don’t think it’s just. No one should have to be fined for not signing up.”

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Katrina George // major undecided “I don’t care for the act. There are a lot of parts to it that are unnecessary.”



Kathy Johnson // occupational therapy “I don’t think everyone should be forced to sign up, but that’s just the way it is, and you’ve just got to go with the flow, I guess.”


Sacramento Pathways to Success program aims to help students Educational institutes creates opportunities for transitioning to the workforce Robert Bonetti Assistant News Editor // SACRAMENTO PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS, a partnership signed by leaders of three Sacramento educational institutions last April, provides students with opportunities for success in college as they look for a future career, according to City College Public Information Officer Amanda Davis. While the partnership is still in the early stages of planning and execution, its leaders are looking for volunteers and students to pledge time and effort to help out, said Davis. The partnership is currently accepting online pledges of engagement and is asking for advice, contributions and academic and business support, according to Davis. Ways for students, businesses and the community to get involved include participating in focus groups, serving on a leadership board, and setting up scholarship opportunities. Administrators are hopeful that all this will one day lead to a program that will offer many forms of support for students who are looking for help transitioning from high school to college and to work. “Sacramento Pathways to Success

helps create clear pathways for students and families from kindergarten through college and into the workforce,” said Davis. “Our goal is to engage community partners to help students move successfully from college into our local workforce.” The main objective of this partnership is to provide students with a clear vision of the classes they need to take to enter their desired careers, according to the official website for the program. “An educated and talented workforce is crucial to the economic prosperity of the Sacramento region,” said Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez in a press release. “This partnership will help us develop local talent and keep that talent local as we build on our work to grow and diversify the region’s economy.” City College President Kathryn Jeffery, Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jonathan Raymond and Gonzalez came together at Kennedy High School last year to create the partnership with three main goals in mind: to boost graduation rates, improve college readiness programs, and improve student success and persistence rates for classes and degrees, according to City College’s public information office. The idea for the partnership began


SEX, LOVE AND HEALTH A-FAIRE MONDAY, FEB. 10 – NOON TO 6 PM STUDENT CENTER Groups from on- and off-campus will present materials on sex and love.


Emma Foley // New and returning City College students on their way to class outside of the North Gym.

in 2010 when leaders from Los Rios and Sacramento State visited Long Beach to learn about a similar program in Long Beach’s K-12 school district, said the press release. Sacramento Pathways to Success is based on this program, focusing on similar goals that Long Beach has implemented to help students graduate. For more information on Sacramento Pathways to Success, visit 

(Orchard Suite, second floor of the University Union building) Dr. Sarah Strand, author of “The Neurology of Love,” will speak at this free event. There will also be four free events at SCC in LRC105.


Scholarship money up for grabs

Janet Hardy, author of “The Ethical Slut: A Guide To Infinite Sexual Possibilities,” “Radical Ecstacy; The New Topping Book,” “The New Bottoming Book,” and others will cover the topic, “What Is Sex, Anyway? Looking Beyond the Binaries of Gender, Orientation and Behavior” at this free event. There will also be four free events at SCC in LRC-105.

Daniel Wilson News Editor //


SCC Foundation and Transfer Center looking to help students fund their college careers

STUDENTS WHO ARE LOOKING for a little extra financial boost can apply for scholarships through the SCC Foundation or the City College Transfer Center. Both the Foundation and the Transfer Center offer several scholarship opportunities for students, many of which require very little effort to apply for, according to the facilitators of the programs. The official website for the SCC Foundation states that scholarships are available to students who completed a minimum of 12 units at City College by the end of the 2013 fall semester and are currently enrolled in at least six units. Students must also meet the basic requirements for each scholarship and can apply for up to 10 different awards. The deadline to apply is March 7 by 4 p.m. Additionally, the Transfer Center offers services, information and opportunities for students on how to put even more money into their college funds. On Feb. 11 from noon-1 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, room 141, there will be a workshop to help students gather more information about these opportunities. “They are one-hour sessions explaining the who, what and when of scholarships,” said Kim Gilley, director of the Transfer Center. “There are many common questions students have, including how will a scholarship affect [their] financial aid.” Ann Love, public services assistant in the SCC Foundation office, explained


THURDAY, FEB. 13– 6 TO 9 PM NORTH GYM Laci Green, sex positive educator; Darrel Ray, Ed.D., author of “Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality”; and Jaye Cee Whitehead, Ph.D., author of “The Nuptial Deal: Same Sex Marriage and the Neo-Liberal Government,” will cover various topics at this paid event hosted by Sacramento comedian Keith Lowell Jensen.

VALENTINE’S DAY FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Luisa Morco // Dalal Scarbrough (left), linguistics major, asks about information to transfer to UC Berkeley while Simran Thiara (right), economy major, inquires about transferring to Sacramento State.

that the process to apply for scholarships, which are offered by various alumnus donors and other organizations, is simple, allowing interested individuals to easily navigate the online application system and complete the essays for those scholarships that require them. “Names of volunteers and their contact information are posted on the SCC scholarship page, and students may call a volunteer for an appointment for help with applications,” said Love. “Also, students should always check to see that there are recommendations posted for them before the deadline.” Recommendation letters are filed on behalf of students by faculty members,

and students applying for scholarships are responsible for requesting them. “Having only one recommendation, instead of the required two, can make the difference between receiving the award and losing it to a more conscientious applicant,” said Love. For more information on the SCC Foundation scholarships, visit www.scc. Scholarships. For more on the Transfer Center workshops and scholarship opportunities, visit Rodda North 147, call (916) 558-218,1 or visit www.saccity-online. org/transfercenter/scholarships. Additional reporting by Will Ownbey.

A traditional holiday celebrating love and relationships. Don’t forget the candy and flowers!

LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Campus closed. Celebrate the birthday (Feb. 12, 1809) of the sixteenth president of the United States.

WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY MONDAY, FEB. 17 Campus closed. Celebrate the birthday (Feb. 22, 1732) of the first president of the United States.

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Four City College clubs team up to promote sex positivity Sex + City campaign features four days of speakers and presentations on sex education

Photos courtesy of Don Button

Daniel Wilson News Editor //

bigger from there because there were so many ideas and so much energy and interest both from students and faculty to adDURING THE WEEK LEADING up to dress sexuality in a new, progressive way.” Valentine’s Day, a group of City College Button, who added that proceeds from clubs will present Sex + City, a campaign the paid event on Feb. 13 and any leftover of events promoting the sex positivity money will be donated to club-related local movement. nonprofit organizations, explained that the Sex Positivity is a social movement clubs involved have an interest in promotthat “seeks to promote healthy concepts ing openness to new topics, especially ones about topics related to human sexuality that aren’t socially accepted. through a stigma-free educational envi“All four of these clubs find it imporronment,” according to the event’s official tant in their mission to challenge tradiwebsite. tional views on things, like with religion Sac City Freethinkers faculty adviser in the freethinkers club or feminism with and graphic communication Professor the feminist club or Don Button said the campaign is present- social issues with ed in a collaborative effort of the Sac City the sociology club,” Freethinkers, Sac City Feminists, Queer/ said Button. “We all Straight Alliance, and the Sociology Club. address these things The four-day campaign will include in different ways in three days of informational presentations the shared interest and speeches from well-known authors of opening people’s Laci Green, Darrel Ray and Jaye Cee minds and changing Whitehead and will culminate in a paid their perceptions event on Feb. 13. of the difference in It is also supported by the Secular people.” Student Alliance, City College’s Club and A member of the Feminist Club and Events Board and event planner, the SCC FoundaMariah Kolbe, tion, as well as Flopwomen’s studies py’s Digital Copies, and linguistics which pitched in to major, said she help with printing got involved with signs to promote the event after the events, and Bispeaking to club anchi Sound, which members at last offered discounted year’s Club Day. prices on audio “We’re just equipment for the Don Button trying to open speaking engageSAC CITY FREETHINKERS FACULTY ADVISOR people’s minds and ments. take these topics Button said the event’s planning that are not necessarily available to the began in fall 2013 as an idea suggested general public and help them feel like by a Freethinkers club member. people are free to discuss them in a non“It kept ballooning from there,” said judgmental way,” said Kolbe, who is hostButton. “It just kept getting bigger and ing the Monday events, as well as helping

“We all address these things

in different ways in the shared interest of opening people’s minds and changing their perceptions of the difference in people.”


to plan the Wednesday and Thursday events. “We want [people] to feel open enough to discuss [these topics].” City College psychology ProfesLaci Green (pictured above left) is a sex education blogger and speaker at Sex sor Gayle Pitman + City. is also helping with the planning of the Janet W. Hardy, author of “The Ethical Slut,” will discuss alternative relationships during a presentation. events and said she got involved to help few school-based sex education programs people shift their views from thinking that address consent at all.” sex is a bad or dirty activity. Kolbe, along with Button and Pitman “The anti-abortion exhibit that came said they are most excited to hear the Feb. 12 presentation from Janet Hardy, who Pitman explained is “one of the coauthors of the book, ‘The Ethical Slut,’ which has helped so many people understand how to navigate alternative sexual relationships to SCC last fall incited a lot of emotional in a safe, sane and consensual way,” but reactions, and it got me thinking about all three said they are excited for all of the free speech issues,” said Pitman. “About speakers and activities. a week after the exhibit was on campus, “Even if you can’t spend the money Don [Button] approached me about to go to the Thursday event—which is collaborating on a sex-positive event at not that much, it’s only $5 if you buy it SCC, and I thought, what a perfect way to presale—just come to the [other free] utilize free speech in a way that’s eduevents because it’s going to be fun,” said cational and empowering, rather than Kolbe. “We hope to keep it going for the upsetting and potentially traumatizing next couple years so we would like to have like the anti-abortion exhibit was for a good turn out and make it successful.” many people.” Events will be held daily from MonPitman also added that her field of day, Feb. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 13, study played a big role in her interest to leading up to the Valentine’s Day holiday help spread a positive message about sex. Friday, Feb. 14.  “Given that I also teach Women’s Studies courses, I come at this from a * For more information on the free Mondayfeminist perspective as well as a psyWednesday events, the paid Thursday event or chological one,” said Pitman. “Very to learn more about the overall campaign, visit few people have access to accurate and or for a schedule of events, comprehensive sex education, and very see the Express Events Calendar on page 3.

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Celebrate Black History Month


Cultural awareness center hosts Feb. 6 event honoring history’s most extraordinary black leaders Will Ownbey Editor In Chief // EVER WONDER WHY DR. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela are considered some of the greatest leaders in history?

The City College Cultural Awareness Center will host a panel discussion on who and what defines the iconic black leaders Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Student Center, noon–1:30 p.m. Guest panelists at the event will include artist Milton Bowens, freedom writer Ellen Broms, City College history Professor Sherri Patton, poet and activist Staajabu, City College political science Professor Dagne Tedla, author Rashad Baadqir, community activist Michael Benjamin and photographer and activist Francisco Dominguez. Faculty Cultural Awareness Center coordinator Victoria Henderson selected the panel of educators, political activists, artists and a freedom rider from

the ’60s. The topic for the panel discussion was inspired by comments Henderson once received on an essay she turned in as a student. “Years ago, as a young student, I turned in this essay on Dr. King and why he was a great leader, and the professor handed it back with marks all over it,” says Henderson. Among the comments the professor wrote was, “according to who?” This question inspired Henderson to want to find out more about how to answer such an inquiry. Henderson, who remembers the ways King and the other black leaders inspired people during her youth, wants to relate that experience to students. “They are not just a name that goes with a holiday or pictures in a history book,” Henderson explains. 

Alina Castillo Photographer // What are the traits of a successful student?

Church // Communications Professor “Perseverance to graduate.”

“Years ago, as a young

student, I turned in this essay on Dr. King and why he was a great leader, and the professor handed it back with marks all over it.” Victoria Henderson

Feder // Computer Science Professor “Business-like behavior.”


Teaching art can be an art unto itself City College Professor Valerie Kidrick embodies subject in substance and style Jill Roda Guest Writer // IMAGINE RECEIVING A PHONE call from an old friend, who at that moment is a contestant on the hit TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” You’re his only phone call, what the show calls a “lifeline.” Anxiously, he reads you his question: “Who was history’s most prolific self-portraitist?” Van Gogh? Michelangelo is another choice. However, the 22 years you spent in school, the other five years spent in museum curatorship—and your gut— tell you the answer must be Rembrandt. After all, he did paint more than 60 selfportraits over the course of his lifetime. Host Regis Philbin asks, “Is that your final answer?” “Yes,” your friend replies. It’s quiet on the set for what seems like an eternity. “That is correct!” Philbin booms. City College art professor Valerie Kidrick, 51, never imagined she would end up as someone’s “lifeline” on a TV trivia game show when she made the decision to pursue art history as a career in the late 1970s. Just as she fondly recalls that phone call, she also remembers the day she told her father what she wanted to do with her life. “I can even remember where he was standing in the house when I said this to him,” she says. “He literally looked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you go into some-


thing smart, like computers?’ And my “She’s a very well-informed, very ecresponse to him was, and I still remember centric teacher—very, very powerful and it to this day, ‘If I have to do something very intelligent,” Cervantes says. “It’s for 50 years of my life, it’s going to be very incredible to experience what she something I love.’” does here.” Over the course of her career, Kidrick isn’t a tall woman, yet Kidrick has taught at 11 different when she teaches she stands before her schools since 1989. For her, teaching at students and speaks with a boldness that City College is not a job; it’s where she makes her seem larger than life. She often wants to be. She is proud to call herself declares to her students, “I live to defy a member of the authority.” As if art department, her body language which once housed didn’t articulate it notable alumni, enough already. like artists Gregory She speaks Kondos and Wayne about art with a Theibaud; designer feverishness and and architect Ray charm that envelEames; pop artist anyone sitting Valerie Kidrick ops Mel Ramos; photogin on a lecture, CITY COLLEGE ART PROFESSOR rapher Kurt Edward nearly daring them Fishback and more. to take interest Kidrick sits back in her chair smilin the significance of each work and the ing. Her office on campus is small and dead artist who made it. concrete from floor to ceiling, as if a hole “Her teaching style is so potentially has been cut into the building with the beneficial to any of her students who lissole purpose of shoving her within. There ten,” says Lael Whetstone, a former stuare no windows, but the high ceilings and dent in Kidrick’s Renaissance Art class. open door make it feel open and airy. The Kidrick wants students to know unusually warm spring sun spills inside, that bigger isn’t always better, and that descending upon the various works of art price isn’t always equivalent to worth. she has collected from students and staff If there’s anything she’s learned in her members, like the framed charcoal nude experience, it’s that everything works out on the floor. the way it should. Student Nikk Cervantes took her “If you do what you love, the money Modern Art class during the spring 2013 will follow. I’m kind of karmic like that,” semester. she says. 

Flattery // Sociology Professor “Personal initiative and self-discipline.”

“If I have to do something for 50 years of my life, it’s going to be something I love.”

James // Biology Professor “Constantly attend class and be organized.”

Wyatt // Biology Professor “Curiosity and having an interest in learning about the world around them.”

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Communicating with the world

Pat Masterson teaches American Sign Language as a means of universal communication

Tonya McGuire Guest Writer // NO TALKING. THAT IS the rule written on the whiteboard for all to see. When students momentarily forget, she gives them the look—the one that says, “You have been warned.” Meet Pat Masterson, 61, a professor of American Sign Language at City College. Though a small woman, only 5 feet 3

“I want them to remember

the experience of learning to accept others. It’s okay to be different.” Pat Masterson

CITY COLLEGE PROFESSOR inches, her commanding presence would make the biggest lineman jealous. Masterson’s straightforward attitude is tough enough to earn the respect of her students. But it is her quick smiles and wry sense of humor that really grabs their attention. “She’s cool,” says former student Yolanda Cortez. “And she is funny.” Masterson has spent the last 14

years of her 35-year career teaching sign language at City College. Her interest in A.S.L. began in the early 1970s when Masterson volunteered to assist a class for children with special needs in which several of the students had learned to sign. “I love kids,” says Masterson. “I thought it was a great way for them to communicate.” After taking informal lessons from a neighbor—the mother of a deaf child— Masterson was hooked. For the next several years she worked to serve disabled adults and children, eventually deciding to attend classes at City College. It was during her time as a student that Masterson met two people who would change her life: Ernie Whisenant and Lois Diamond. Both were City College professors and Masterson credits them with inspiring her to pursue her own career in academia. “They taught me how to teach,” says Masterson. Former student Andrea Svoboda says that Masterson’s teaching style made a real difference in the way she learned. “She knows what she’s doing,” says Svoboda. “She makes it stick.”

Teri Barth | Online Editor | Professor of sign language studies Pat Masterson communicates silently with her class.

Though her methods bring signing into the world of the practical, Masterson knows that not all her students will become experts in A.S.L. But she also hopes

to have taught something more. “I want them to remember the experience of learning to accept others,” says Masterson. “It’s okay to be different.” 

Body slamming success City College’s Dave Pacheco is named California Head Coach of the Year in wrestling Jonathan Taraya Staff Writer // WALKING THROUGH THE DIMLY lit hallways of City College’s North Gym, his steps are slow and deliberate. His footwork seems constantly in tune with his body’s balance. A couple of minutes before his next meeting, he peeks through a door window to observe the Boot Camp Fitness class in progress. It is in this very same room where wrestlers train to become state champions. And they do so under his guidance, the guidance of City College wrestling head coach Dave Pacheco, who was named Head Coach of the year for California community colleges in December 2013. The students inside, grouped into three military ranks, conduct sprint and cardio drills, zipping up and down the room in a variety of running styles. Pacheco watches and nods his head after each student completes his or her rotation, ending on the other side of the viewing window. Some students see him through the window and smile. Others choose to avoid his gaze—upon meeting Pacheco, one can understand why. Steely, penetrating eyes and receding cropped hair that fits perfectly under his baseball cap, Pacheco looks very much like a police drill instructor. Even a thin handlebar mustache frames his square jaw. His loose gray and burgundy sweats sport the City College logo and indicate that Pacheco retains the build of man who has been using his physical strength to dominate other human beings on the wrestling mat for more than a quarter century—a fitting look considering Pa-


John Sachs // Panthers’ head wrestling coach Dave Pacheco with his assistant Walter Ulrich as he receives the Coach of the Year award at the CCCAA state championship tournament in Stockton.

checo says he once contemplated becoming a cop. “When I first came here to City College, I was looking at two different things—coaching/teaching and police science,” says Pacheco. “My coach said, ‘Take an intro to both classes and see where you want to go.’” After taking the intro classes, Pacheco says coaching got his “juices flowing.” Since Pacheco became City College’s head wrestling coach in 1983, his team has garnered numerous accolades as one of the finest wrestling programs in the

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state, winning three state championships, including one for the 2013 season, for which Pacheco earned the prestigious award of Head Coach of the Year. “Its always nice getting [Head Coach of the Year],” says Pacheco. “But if I were going to give the award, it would say ‘Sac City Outstanding Team’ award because that’s what it is—an outstanding team. But the coach is the guy in charge, so he is the guy that gets recognized.” Pacheco has been recognized twice as Head Coach of the Year. He was first awarded the title in 1996 after leading

City College to its first state championship. Wrestling at the collegiate level created a path for the humble two-time Head Coach of the Year to reach his educational goals. According to Pacheco’s biography on the City College athletic department website, as a Panther alumnus (19761977) he finished fourth in the state as a sophomore. Pacheco’s success at City College brought him an offer of a full scholarship to Idaho State University. There, he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and special education. Returning home to Sacramento, Pacheco completed his education with a Master of Science degree in physical education at California State University, Sacramento. Today, Pacheco says the education of Panthers wrestlers is one of the driving forces behind his wrestling program. “Coach Pacheco is an awesome coach,” says City College sophomore Kenny Steers, one of four Panthers wrestlers who won state championships with the 2013 team. “After every practice he would preach to the players the importance of academics.” Pacheco even went beyond preaching and helped Steers one-on-one, organizing a schedule that ensured Steers had enough time to complete his homework. “When kids come here, we want them to be student-athletes, not just athletes,” says Pacheco. “We want them to be good in the classroom, and we want them to be good on the mat.” If the 2013 championship season is any indicator, that philosophy translates into success. 


Spring baseball preview

City College Panthers in the hunt for 2014 season; veteran players anchor team

GAME RESULTS MEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 7, City College – 105, American River – 71 Jan. 10, City College – 77, Modesto – 79 Jan. 14, City College – 89, Cosumnes – 98 Jan. 17, City College – 52, Santa Rosa – 48 Jan. 21, City College – 76, Diablo Valley – 81 Jan. 24, City College – 55, San Joaquin Delta – 72

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 7, City College – 36, American River – 60 Jan. 10, City College – 61, Modesto – 58 Jan. 14, City College – 44, Cosumnes – 51 Jan. 17, City College – 59, Santa Rosa – 62 Jan. 21, City College – 58, Diablo Valley – 71 Jan. 24, City College – 51, San Joaquin Delta – 70

SPORTS CALENDAR MEN’S BASKETBALL Panthers starting pitcher Nate Berumen throws a fastball during the second inning of an intrasquad game Jan. 30.

Story and photos by Jake Patrick Donahue Sports Editor // WITH A NEW SEASON of Panther baseball getting underway this month, Panther fans can expect considerable improvements in the batter’s box while a depleted pitching staff and a young infield leave questions about the team’s prospects, according to head coach Derek Sullivan. With all three members of last year’s starting rotation—Dan Sayles, Mat Maher, Ben Brooks— having moved on to four-year schools, young players in some key positions and a head coach going in to his second year, City College’s baseball team is in a transition period, but has managed to put a team together that is strong enough to be ranked No. 11 in the state in pre-season polls. Head coach and former Panther infielder Derek Sullivan took over last year for former head coach Andy McKay— now with the Colorado Rockies organization—who coached the team for the previous 14 seasons. Sullivan had been an assistant under McKay for eight of those years and a player for three. “It’s a great opportunity for me [to be the head coach],” said Sullivan. “It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to do.” A graduate of St. John’s University in New York, Sullivan describes himself as intense but said he also likes to allow players their individuality and not be overly authoritarian in his coaching style. “I’m fairly relaxed, I like to let guys do their thing and allow guys to be who they are, I think that’s a very important piece in this day and age,” said Sullivan. “But we have certain expectations; you’re here to work and be prepared and be committed while you’re here.” Last year’s season ended in disappointment for the Panthers, who—after a late-season run earned them a playoff berth—were eliminated after just two games in the post-season. Sullivan is optimistic about his team’s chances to improve on last season’s shortcomings. “We have higher standards here, and we expect to go deep [in to the playoffs],” said Sullivan. “If we avoid injury

and stay healthy, we’ll be in the hunt at the end.” The Panthers will likely fill this year’s rotation with the top performers from last year’s bullpen. Grant Yost was the team’s best reliever last season with a 3.75 ERA and a 4-3 record in 20 appearances. Nate Berumen figures to take the top spot in the rotation though, according to Sullivan, who said he likes what he’s seen from the right-handed sophomore so far this winter. With an entirely new starting rotation on the mound, the Panthers will rely on the offense to take some of the pressure off the pitching staff. Last year’s three, four and five hitters—Jerrod Bravo, Jared James, and Robby Link—will all return to the lineup this year, which Sullivan says will allow the Panthers to become a very potent team on offense. “We’re going to be more offensive, and we’re going to score more runs,” said Sullivan. “I think [the offense] will be able to carry us at times this year.” Bravo, who batted .375 last season, was named a pre-season all-American and will look to improve on a solid year in which he led the team in batting average and RBIs (25). James, whose father was a major leaguer, was also named to the pre-season all-American team and looks primed for

a breakout season in 2014, according to Sullivan. James hit .340 with 16 RBIs in 2013. “He enjoys playing the game, he’s got a nice swing, and he runs fast. He’s an exciting player to watch,” said Sullivan. While the Panthers offense looks poised for a productive year, defensive play seems a potential Achilles’ heel for the team, with freshmen infielders a specific concern. “We’re young at some key positions in the infield,” said Sullivan. “I would say defense would be our biggest question mark right now.” As a former player and assistant coach at City College, Sullivan said he knows the school and fan base have high expectations for this team coming off a disappointing season last year. “[Last year] was subpar for Sac City standards,” said Sullivan. “This is a great program, and it always has been. It has a high level of success and very high standards and expectations.” The Panthers start off the season with four games on the road, including a three-game series with Fresno City College. Their home opener will feature a match-up against the Butte College Roadrunners on Feb. 20 with first pitch coming at 5 p.m. from Union Stadium. 

Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. – at Sierra College Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. – vs. American River College Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. – at Modesto Junior College Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – vs. Cosumnes River College Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – at Santa Rosa Jr. College Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – at Diablo Valley College Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. – vs. San Joaquin Delta Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. – vs. Sierra College

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. – at Sierra College Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. – vs. American River College Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. – at Modesto Junior College Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. – vs. Cosumnes River College Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. – at Santa Rosa Jr. College Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. – at Diablo Valley College Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. – vs. San Joaquin Delta Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. – vs. Sierra College

BASEBALL Feb. 4 at 2:00 p.m. – at Chabot College Feb. 6 at 6:00 p.m. – at Fresno Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. – at Fresno Feb. 8 at 1:00 p.m. – at Fresno Feb. 20 at 5:00 p.m. – vs. Butte Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. – at Butte Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Butte Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. – at Los Medanos

SOFTBALL Feb. 7 at 10:00 a.m. – at Cuesta Feb. 7 at 12:00 p.m. – vs. East Los Angeles @ San Luis Obispo Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m. – at Cuesta Feb. 15 at 10:00 a.m. – vs. Feather River Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m. – vs. Cabrillo Feb. 18 at 12:00 p.m. – vs. Monterey @ Reedley Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. – at Reedley Feb. 22 at 10:00 a.m. – vs. West Valley

WOMEN’S TENNIS Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Sequoias Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Cosumnes River Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Fresno

MEN’S TENNIS Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Cosumnes River Feb. 25 at 1:00 p.m. – vs. Fresno

City College’s Matt Caselli lays down the bunt during an intrasquad game Jan. 30.


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Panthers take state championship

City College wrestling team takes home the big trophy, first time since 1996 Jake Patrick Donahue Sports Editor // THE BEST YEAR IN school history for the City College wrestling team ended victoriously December 13 and 14 when, for the first time since 1996, Panthers wrestlers returned from the California Community College Athletic Association Championship Tournament—held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton—as the new state champions. With a 12-1 record, a third consecutive Big-8 conference title, and a state championship, the 2013 season was the most successful the program has seen, according to head wrestling coach Dave Pacheco—who was awarded the CCCAA Coach of the Year Award. Pacheco attributes his team’s success to new coaching strategies—and new coaching personnel—along with the most talented team he’s seen in his 31 years as head coach. “This is the best team we’ve ever had, and it’s just such a deep team,” said Pacheco. “When we won in 1996, we had nowhere near the number of good wrestlers as we did this year.” New assistant coach Todd Dilbeck spent 14 years as the head wrestling coach at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove before joining the Panthers in 2013. “He helped our guys quite a bit with the mental side of things,” said Pacheco. “I think it was very helpful in getting the guys prepared mentally.” With a master’s degree in psychology and a strong wrestling background, Dilbeck—who also runs a private sports psychology practice—helped wrestlers develop confidence and set goals. “They were able to really pull together as a solid, unified team, which is really the key if you’re going to be a championship wrestling team,” said Dilbeck.

John Sachs // Alex Campos-Chambers, state champion in the 174-pound weight division and recipient of the Outstanding Wrestler Award, wrestles during the state championship tournament in December.

“These guys kept their egos in check and wrestled for the name on the singlet, not for the individual.” In the 157-pound match sophomore Tyler Hodel (ranked second in the state for his weight class), facing No. 1-ranked Shervin Iraniha of Palomar College, scored a match-tying takedown with 10 seconds to go, forcing the match into overtime. In the extra period Hodel and Iraniha continued their even play as the tie remained at the end of the one-minute period. Finally in the 30-second double

overtime period, Hodel broke the tie with a takedown—by way of an inside out trip—and pin of his opponent, winning the state championship in the 157-pound weight class. The 165-pound match featured a first-ever scenario at the state championship level when Panthers teammates Desi Rios and Tyson Kuahine both fought their way to the final match for the championship in the first year that teams were allowed to enter multiple wrestlers in the same weight class, Pacheco said. “We’ve been talking about doing it for a long time [allowing teams to have more than one competitor in a single class],” said Pacheco. “This year we finally voted that in because there were a lot of guys who were good and didn’t get a chance to compete.”

“That’s the great thing about our sport is that you can overcome serious disabilities and even find ways to use them to your advantage. Alex [Campos-Chambers] doesn’t let it slow him down at all.”

Dave Pacheco


John Sachs // City College’s Taylor Hodel wins the 157-pound weight division state championship match.


Facing Kuahine, Rios jumped out to a 5-0 lead early and held a 7-2 lead when he ended his teammate’s title hopes, claiming the title with a takedown and pin at the 3:23 mark of the match. City College’s 174-pound competitor Alex Campos-Chambers, ranked No. 1 in the state, also made history as he became the first one-handed athlete to win an individual state title for California community colleges. While facing a 3-2 deficit nearing the end of the opening period, CamposChambers—who was born with a right arm that ends at the wrist—went in for a

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takedown of Fresno City College’s Kevin Corbett, resulting in a pin for CamposChambers and a third championship of the day for the Panthers. With the win, Campos-Chambers now holds the record for most pins in California community college history with 52 pins over his two-year career. He was awarded the Outstanding Player Award at the three-day tournament. “That’s the great thing about our sport is that you can overcome serious disabilities and even find ways to use them to your advantage,” said Pacheco. “Alex [Campos-Chambers] doesn’t let it slow him down at all.” In the next championship match Kenny Steers, representing the Panthers in the 184-pound weight class, became the fourth Panther to claim an individual state championship as he won in a close match that ended in a 2-1 victory. “The biggest key was my mentality,” said Steers. “I was confident, and I knew I could win.” After winning the previous three state titles, Fresno City College won two individual championships [141- and 149-pound weight classes] but came in a distant second in points to Sacramento City College in overall team score, a point of pride for the Panthers. “We always want to beat Fresno City,” said Pacheco. “They’re the best, they’ve just dominated the last few years, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.” With all four individual state champions moving on to four-year colleges, the successes of this year will be hard to duplicate, according to Pacheco. But a strong stable of returning wrestlers and incoming talent leaves Pacheco optimistic. “It never stops for student athletes,” said Pacheco. “We’ll train this off-season, and we have a good group of guys coming back next year and, obviously, freshmen coming in to fill some of those [vacant] spots.” 

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