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How basketball changed my life

Denise White

April 28, 2016

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. Dr...

I’m a powerful ‘girly girl’

Natalie Hanson

April 28, 2016

There’s a lot of power in first looks. Take one first look at me, and you might immediately think, "girly girl." I am known for wearing dresses and skirs. I know this because of the few days out of the year that I wear pants, it is the first thing people who know me notice. But is there a negative connotation with being “girly,” so traditionally feminine? Or is there a powe...

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

Denise White

April 16, 2016

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 th...

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

Luisa Sausedo

April 16, 2016

On April 15, 2015, thousands of fast-food employees around the country marched out of their jobs demanding an increase in pay to $15 an hour. They stressed that they could not pay their rent and feed their families on a minimum-wage salary. In my opinion, McDonald's, Burger King, and places of this nature offer start-up jobs. Many 18-year olds who want experience and want ...

Get ready to dig into your wallet

Daniel Wright Sr

April 14, 2016

Don't think the minimum wage increase to an eventual $15 per hour will lead to a better lifestyle for the minimum-wage crowd nor change their tax bracket. The more people make, the more the cost of living goes up. Take a Big Mac, which cost 99 cents in 1978. The famous sandwich hasn't gotten any bigger or any better but today costs five times as much. Try and swallow tha...

Illustration by Belinda Mendoza

My life stuck in maze

April 5, 2016

I'm a young immigrant who received a temporary permit to live and work legally in the United States.I was thrilled to receive that permit, under a federal...

Editorial: Working students need more help

Celia Jimenez

March 26, 2016

The San Diego Community College District has several programs that help specific student populations succeed in college but it doesn’t have anything to assist students who have unexpected life changes. The completion rate for City's students was 65 percent, according to 2014 data -- meaning that only 65 percent earned an associate's degree, transferred to a four-year university...

We are earning our dreams

Illustration by Belinda Mendoza

Antonio Marquez

March 24, 2016

I became the first in my family to go to college. I won a $10,000 Price Scholarship and I served as an intern at a TV station. Yet I still remember the first...

Illustration by Belinda Mendoza

Transfer to City College – With Caution

March 8, 2016

I am what seems to be a rare occurrence - a transfer student between junior colleges - and I discovered that transferring to City College is much more...

Black history should be recognized every day

Denise White

February 21, 2016

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...

Perspective: The Internet that stole Christmas

Ricardo Soltero

December 8, 2015

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...

Perspective: Surviving on a student budget

Destiny Ortiz

November 24, 2015

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 ...

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