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Black history should be recognized every day

I want to be able to celebrate Black History any time if I’d like to. As a Caucasian, female student, I don’t know how to even celebrate Black History Month at City College. A few years back, I went to a Historically Black College and University in Augusta, Ga., called Paine College. Being one of the only two white females at a predominately black school, it was different for me being in the minority. Being surrounded by a black majority and focusing on their accomplishments in our American h
By Denise White
City Times

Pro: $15 per hour: Fair or un-fairy tale?

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law this month raising California’s mandatory minimum wage to $15 by 2022. “Economically, (raising) minimum wages may not make sense,” he said at the signing. “Morally and socially and politically, (minimum wages) make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.” The new law is seen as an effort to head off a ballot measure that would have asked voters to raise w
By Denise White
City Times

How basketball changed my life

I was only 9 the first time I played basketball. I was a shy kid and my parents encouraged me to try something new. Back then, I wasn’t that good but I knew for sure that I wanted to get better. After my first season of playing in a recreational league, my dad got me a basketball hoop for the driveway. He got a legit hoop that was cemented in the ground. Everyday I practiced. Dribbling, free throws, layups. You name it, I was out there practicing with my dad as often as I could. I may not have
By Denise White
City Times

Perspective: The Internet that stole Christmas

Earlier this month, Joshua Feuerstein called out Starbucks in a video that went viral, claiming that the company was waging a war against Christmas. Feuerstein goes on to say that the company’s choice of using the plain two-tone red cup this season was a Starbucks campaign against the holiday. What comes to my mind is Tina Fey’s recent comment when she herself got caught in controversy. “I don’t worry about what the Internet says. Getting in trouble with the Internet is not real. The Internet
By Ricky Soltero
City Times

New advisers for a new semester

Two adjunct instructors are joining San Diego City College’s Digital Journalism program during the upcoming spring semester. One an experienced photojournalist, Tara Pixley, and the other a seasoned news writer, Jerry McCormick, are set to join the program alongside current adjunct instructor Aida Garcia as full-time professor Roman S. Koenig scales back to adjunct instructional duties. “I’m so excited to work on Legend with the talented City College journalists, photographers, designers and e
By Ricky Soltero
City Times

New club hits the campus

Next year is looking good so far; a new semester, new facilities to inaugurate and a new student club. Even though San Diego City College has 37 clubs like MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), the Honors Club, the Science Club and many more, none of them is dedicated to students interested in journalism and mass media. The National Association of Hispanic Journalism student chapter club was established a couple semesters ago at City College, but was never formalized until now. Ch
By Heder Casas
City Times

Around the world in 84 days

Have you always dreamed about traveling around the world and learning about new cultures? If your answer is yes, then studying abroad may be an option for you. San Diego City College “offers students the opportunity to study in different countries around the world in order to develop global competencies and to increase cultural awareness while making progress towards completion of academic goals,” according to its website. Study abroad programs are offered during the fall and spring semester f
By Heder Casas
City Times

Renovating into the 21st century

An early rendering of an aerial view of the A building post renovation. Photos courtesy of Tom Fine and RJC Architects One of San Diego City College’s upcoming changes in the next few years includes the renovation of the A building, which will give the campus a transformed look. The A building’s new design, which took 18 months to plan out, has a $25.7 million budget. The other new and renovated buildings at City College opened double the number of classrooms since the start of the Propositio
By Justine Schulz
City Times

What’s in a name?

Performing Arts and Radio, Television and Film are two programs scheduled to move into the newly remodeled C building at San Diego City College on Jan. 5. Laura Castañeda is the chairwoman of the Communications program at San Diego City College. She has consistently pushed to have the C building named for late professor Hope Shaw. Castañeda spoke before the Board of Trustees regarding the issue in May. Not long ago, buildings, ballparks, stadiums and parks were named for people. Then, somewher
By Phoenix Webb
City Times

Third time’s the charm

As the fall semester comes to a close, the City Times newspaper staff can look forward to some changes for next semester. Aida Garcia will be taking over as one of the new advisers as Roman Koenig steps down from full-time to adjunct instructor. This won’t be her first time leading the school’s newspaper, and will in fact be her third semester in recent years. “I have a lot of experience in journalism, for both print and online,” Garcia said. She was a senior editor at The San Diego Union-Tri
By Denise White
City Times

Going the extra mile

At only 19 years old, Ishmael Fernandez is no ordinary student athlete at City College. Fernandez is currently a freshman cross-country runner who balances practice, working part-time and classes, taking an astonishing 22 units. Not only is Fernandez a busy student, he is also a successful cross-country runner after only starting in the summer. “He’s never ran before, he started in June and he was a pitcher at Hoover High School. He’s just a very talented athlete,” Head Coach Peter Gregory sai
By Denise White
City Times

Voices spoken though their eyes

San Diego County has been a home base to the U.S. Military for many generations. With Naval Base San Diego and Camp Pendleton (Marines) being two of the larger facilities of their respective branches, many families in San Diego have a deep-rooted connection to the veterans. From Nov. 10 through Dec. 10, “VOICES – Exhibition Honoring Veterans” will be open in the LUXE Gallery at the CTC-V Building on campus. “It is about the veterans, some were students and faculty, then there were some like th
By Mike Madriaga
City Times

City College journalism program wins the Pacemaker Award

City Times and Legend, the official newspaper and magazine of San Diego City College, were both recognized on a national level for excellence in news reporting and design. Largely considered in the industry to be the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, City Times was the winner amongst six other publications for the 2015 Newspaper Pacemaker Award, under the two-year college newspaper entries. The award was handed out on Oct. 31, at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Nat
By Mike Madriaga
City Times

New students gather for the 10th annual Student Success Conference

Students coming back from a long period off school or fresh from high school full of questions and concerns gathered at Harry West Gym on Nov. 20 for the 10th Student Success Conference, presented by the First Year Experience Program at San Diego City College. FYE is a program designed to help all the new students that are coming to City College by helping them set up and sign up for the classes they are going to need for the next semester. It gives support and guidance to students who wants t
By Heder Casas
City Times

Knights prevail over Pirates

The Knights opened up their tournament on Friday, Nov. 13th against the Porterville College Pirates. Tip-off started at 5 p.m. with freshman center Leonard Allen going up against Pirates’ sophomore forward Dale Kirkland. Allen tipped the ball to sophomore guard Taylor Nelson who passed it to freshman forward Alex Wilbourn for the first two points of the game. The Knights kept their momentum flowing, running post picks and making sure they were swinging the ball around the court to keep the Pir
By Denise White
City Times

City College’s year in review

The 2015-16 Report to the Community offers a summation of San Diego City College’s 2014-2015 Academic Year achievements, awards and key events. With the opening of the new art gallery on Aug. 8, 2014, and the M building, or Office of Student Affairs, on Feb. 15, in addition to new classroom buildings along the 16th St. corridor, President Anthony Beebe shared how long-term faculty members say they feel like they’re walking into an entirely new campus. Among others, City College received the Pr
By Justine Schulz
City Times

City College dancers to hit the stage in ‘City Moves’ concert

Students gather in the Black Box Theatre to audition for the 2014 production of the “City Moves” dance concert. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao San Diego City College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department presents the fall dance concert “City Moves” Dec. 4 and 5 at the Saville Theatre. Visual and Performing Arts Department co-chair and dance concert director, Alicia Rincon, said the show will be comprised of seven student-choreographed pieces and four staff-choreographed pieces in the dance ge
By Lauren J. Mapp
City Times

Perspective: Surviving on a student budget

The next exam is the least of a student’s worries as other components of their lives become prominent like paying the monthly phone bill or rent. Sometimes what may seem like the cheapest option can actually become a financial burden. Enjoying a simple luxury like renting a movie can become a huge dent in a paycheck when the mind of a college student can barely remember when assignments are due, let alone remember a movie rented is due back the next day. If the chance of being able to watch the
By Destiny Ortiz
City Times

City College honors armed service members at Veterans Day event

Associated Students Government President Laura Benavidez (center) led the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day event on Nov. 12. Photo credit: Katherine Salindayao-White Veterans and students came together on Nov. 10 to give recognition to veterans and military families. This is the second year Veterans Day has been celebrated through this ceremony at San Diego City College. “I am so grateful we had such a wonderful turn out. I mean I would have liked to have more people
By Katherine White
City Times

Study Hours: A tale of a two-year transfer

As a senior in high school, counselors and teachers repeatedly tell you that you can easily transfer from community college to a university in two years. Sitting down at my first appointment with a City College counselor, I found that transferring in two years was not going to be that simple. My math and English placement scores weren’t deemed to be at a college level. I had a part-time job as a barista, and being a new college student, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with classes. While co
By Katherine White
City Times

Pints for Knights: Gourd to the last drop

Fall is a great season for beer consumption – the selection of seasonal brews is incredible and you’ll surely find many breweries showcasing their fall seasonal beers. Even more exciting than the variety of Oktoberfest beers is the arrival of pumpkin-flavored beer. The weather and festivities in October and November just scream pumpkin pie and, well for us, pumpkin beer. So for all you out there in search for the best pumpkin beer, here’s Pints for Knights’ go-to pumpkin beer guide. For novice
By Ricky Soltero
City Times

Review: ‘Zombie Prom’ comes alive

As the lights went down and the audience settled in, the band quickly went into an upbeat ensemble to get the cast and the audience prepared for the show that was about to start. “Zombie Prom” was a huge success on its opening night on Oct. 30 just in time for Halloween. June E. Richards, Ashley Kobza and Alicia Rincon directed this comedic and interesting musical. The prologue consisted of the main characters with the rest of the ensemble in a craftily made tableau with girls on stage left an
By Destiny Ortiz
City Times

ASG Halloween Festival packs Gorton Quad

Students had the opportunity to get their faces painted in the cafeteria for the Day of the Dead celebration on Oct. 29. Photo credit: Celia Jimenez The cafeteria was taken over by carefully crafted altars and outside by club stands as the Halloween Festival, Dia de los Muertos and Club Rush all took place in Gorton Quad on Oct. 29. Women, children and students in costumes all gathered either in the cafeteria to take a walk along the altars or outside to take a look at the new clubs that were
By Destiny Ortiz
City Times