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Marlena Harvey

Marlena Harvey

Marlena Harvey is the current Managing Editor of the San Diego City Times. She is currently attending San …

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Will Mauriz

Will Mauriz

Multimedia and Magazine Writer/Editor for past three years

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Katherine White

Katherine White

Journalism major at San Diego State.

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Artist redefines self-identity through poetry at City World Cultures event

With the natural light of the New Jersey sun peering through the window of his living room, the poems of Kay Ulanday Barrett engaged in powerful self-expression by sharing elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, jazz and rock. The sixth World Culture Program event of the fall semester was live-streamed on Zoom on Oct. 14 and featured an explorative poetic presentation and workshop entitled Liberation Shows Up! with Barrett. Barrett, also known as @Brownroundboi, is a poet, performer a
By Will Mauriz
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Energy of Knights women’s soccer soaring

City soccer can cement its place at second in the conference today Knights women’s soccer team huddles up after practice on October 14. Photo by Will Mauriz/City Times Media With eight games left in the fall season, the San Diego City College women’s soccer team has hit a new gear. The Knights (6-1, 5-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) offense has been nearly impossible to stop, scoring 9 goals in a single game against Imperial Valley on Oct. 12. “Our style of play is very specific
By Will Mauriz
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MAGAZINE: Marine veteran writes next chapter of his music story

The debut album of City College student D’Marcus Andrus will drop on March 15. Andrus courtesy photo This story was featured in the debut edition of CityScene magazine. The musical origin story of D’Marcus Andrus puts him on the streets of Japan setting up flyers for underground rap shows. He started hosting rap battles and showcasing himself and fellow Marines pursuing rap after work. From Japan to Korea, the Philippines to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Andrus let his intuition guide hi
By Will Mauriz
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San Diego music scene navigates the uncertainty of pandemic life

The artist Your Smith sings as opening act to sold out show at the Music Box on Oct. 13. Photo by Will Mauriz/City Times This story was featured in the fall 2021 edition of CityScene magazine. The white and yellow lights of the Music Box marquee sign illuminated the 1300 block of India Street. A line of patrons was full of conversation as they awaited the double bill showing of the musical artists Your Smith and Electric Guest for a mid-November show. This particular line for the concert had
By Will Mauriz
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Knights basketball set to start season with new coach

Knights men’s basketball prepares for team pictures at the last practice before their season starts. Photo by Will Mauriz/City Times Media The athletes of the Knights men’s basketball team groomed up for squad photos with their shoelaces tied, shirts tucked in and best smiles ready. “Even if we don’t win a single game this year at least we will look good,” interim head coach Andy Ground yelled out. The growing excitement for the perennial powers of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference was pa
By Will Mauriz
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Knights women enter historic postseason

(Right to left) Rachel Karalnik, Mariana Lara Pantoja and Natalie Garcia start off a practice run before their State championship bid. Photo by Will Mauriz/City Times Media The Knights women’s cross country team held its last practice on Oct. 16, preparing for something it has never been part of before — a state championship run. The last time a City women’s team competed in the California Community College Athletic Association Cross Country State Championships was in 1989. For seven years, c
By Will Mauriz
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Workshops make taboo the new normal at City College

When it comes to sexuality or mental health, we often find ourselves afraid of asking questions or sharing personal experiences. Two interns at San Diego City College have decided to create a safe space to break these taboos. Laurel Marks, a social work intern, and Tristan Hartley, a mental health counseling intern, are facilitating a weekly event called “Taboo Topics” for City Coll
By Marlena Harvey
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NYCU: City College resources help students navigate through online learning

Find what you need to succeed this semester in this edition of News You Can Use A long list of remote and online Student Services is available at City College. sdcity.edu screenshot With the San Diego City College campus largely closed students may find it hard to access information needed to thrive. City Times staff has created a resource guide to assist students for the upcoming year, which includes deadlines and links to get connected. Students continue to enroll in classes for spring 202
By Marlena Harvey
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Lorena Gonzalez winning the 80th District assembly seat

Lorena Gonzalez tweeted late Tuesday night that she was pleased with the results that had come in for the 80th assembly district, but that she was still patiently waiting for the rest of the votes to be counted. Gonzalez led by 45 percentage points over her rival, John J. Vogel. She had nearly 73 percent of the vote, as of 10:59 p.m. Her win was not a surprise for the 80th district, as she was the predicted winner. But Proposition 22, which addresses app-based driver rights, is headed for def
By Marlena Harvey
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Props got you stumped? has you covered

City Times has created a voters guide focusing on the propositions. Graphic by Vicky Pineda It’s election season and the 2020 presidential elections are in full swing. Ballots have been sent out to California voters and some have already turned in their ballots. But what if you are one of the many still holding onto your mail-in ballot, or maybe waiting until Election Day on Nov. 3 to cast your ballot? City Times is again publishing a voting guide, starting with the California propositions fe
By Marlena Harvey
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Proposition 17: Parolees’ right to vote

Prop. 17 amends state constitution to allow parolees to vote Prop. 17 wants to amend the state constitution to allow parolees the right to vote. Graphic by Marlena Harvey Proposition 17 restores voting rights to people on parole. Upon completion of prison sentence served, their voting rights would be restored, aligning California with other states. The fiscal impact includes annual county costs for voter supplies and one-time state costs for registration materials. Supporters say, according
By Marlena Harvey
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City College SEEDS surviving the pandemic

Seeds@City (pictured in April 2019) is an urban city farm on the campus of San Diego City College. San Diego City College image The SEEDS program at the Urban City Farm had supplied in-person learning for students of the City College agricultural program until it was closed to outside volunteers last March. In March 2020, the garden followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to close the park to outside volunteers and students due to COVID-19. The garden is still being
By Marlena Harvey
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City College: Register to vote before it’s too late!

A graphic on the front of the City College website reminds students to register to vote. sdcity.edu screenshot The time to register to vote for the November presidential election is running low. California voters can register until Oct. 19. If you miss the deadline, you can register through Election Day and vote in person. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Unless you are an absentee or first-time voter, you will not need to bring ID. To vote by mail, ballot request
By Marlena Harvey
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Prepping for the primaries

The San Diego Registrar of Voters office is the headquarters for elections in the region. Photo by Vicky Pineda/City Times UPDATE: This story has been edited to reflect changes to the democratic presidential candidates’ running in California. This story will be published in the print edition on Tuesday, Mar. 3. This year, the California presidential primaries will be held in March instead of June. Unlike in 2012 and 2016, the 2020 primaries will give California voters the ability to cast thei
By Marlena Harvey
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City College, SDCCD campuses to close due to COVID-19 concerns

Campuses will be closed to students and faculty March 16-20 at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar campuses Current COVID-19 safety precautions have caused the San Diego Community College District to close campuses including San Diego City College. City Times file photo Current COVID-19 safety precautions have caused the San Diego Community College District to close the week of March 16-20, City College administrators and the district chancellor, Constance Carroll, announced tonight. Instructors
By Marlena Harvey
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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
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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
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VAMP showcase to explore ‘The Other Side’

The VAMP (Visual/Audio Monologue Performance) showcase returns for its fourth semester at City College. It will be held on Oct. 15 at the San Diego Central Library. Students can turn in a three to eight page non-fictional story that they can preform if chosen. The theme this semester is “The Other Side” and must be submitted by Sept. 9. There are about 100-200 students who submit every semester according to Patricia McGhee. Once nine students are chosen they go through a process where work sho
By Katherine White
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A new business pathway

Students who want to pursue a job in office work can now earn a Business Information Worker (BIW) certificate in two semesters that provides extensive office skills for enrolled students. Starting next semester all required classes will be offered at San Diego City College. Every class is an eight week period split into two semesters. This certificate is offered through the Computer Business Technology department in order to help students gain the experience they need to when looking for a job
By Katherine White
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New manager on the dial

New KSDS Station Manager Ken Poston takes notes and fills out paperwork as he sits in his art-adorned office in the L building on Sept. 14, completing just one of many duties he has as the station’s new manager. Photo credit: Katherine Salindayao-White San Diego’s KSDS FM Jazz 88.3 FM radio station at San Diego City College recently welcomed Ken Poston as the new general manager this fall. Poston, who grew up in Kansas, pursued his passion for music at the University of Kansas through a musi
By Katherine White
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Mental Health Counseling Center receives $272,000 grant

The Garret Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant will fund students suffering with mental illness. This includes helping the prevention of suicide and providing treatment. Garrett Lee Smith committed suicide in 2003 the day before his 22nd birthday. Although this was tragic for Garret’s father Gordon H. Smith, he wanted something positive to come out of the situation. In October 2004 the Garret Lee Smith Memorial Act became the first legislation to fund youth suicide prevention programs. “I thin
By Katherine White
• City Times

Book Fair celebrates 10 years

The City College Book Fair, an event that showcases literature, arts and music at San Diego City College, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Oct. 13-16. City College celebrates its diversity during this four-day event by promoting growth in the college community for all writers, artists and musicians.English Professor Virginia Escalante is the project director for City College’s Book Fair. “It is a miracle that we have survived,” Escalante said via email. “We previously had a very healthy bud
By Katherine White
• City Times

Caught in a sweet web

Halloween calls for spooky sweets. Chocolate peanut butter spider cookies are a festive cute dessert that can be a crowd pleaser or even just a chance to chow down on a sweet snack. The creamy peanut butter cookie base is topped off with chocolate drizzle and finished with a chocolate truffle so this dessert will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. This is an easy three-ingredient cookie recipe with three fun toppings for decorating and serves six people. 2. Combine the peanut butter, white s
By Katherine White
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Student Eats: Samba cuisine misses the beat

The croissant with Brasilia filling comes with a small side salad and pairs perfectly with Samba's fresh and made-to-order pineapple juice. Photo credit: Katherine Salindayao-White A new, affordable Brazilian cuisine restaurant with personalized options opened on July 7. Located on 819 C St., Samba is right next to the City College trolley stop. The owners of Samba, Juliano Colasana and Guilherme Almeida, are motivated to establish the most authentic Brazilian restaurant in San Diego, providin
By Katherine White
• City Times

VAMP performers reveal ‘the other side’

There was a full house Oct. 15 at the San Diego Central Library where student finalists performed for VAMP — the Visual/Audio Monologue Performance. Not only did the seats fill up quickly, but there were also students sitting on the floor across the library in order to see these students perform their monologues.The nine performers at VAMP were Itzahana Torres, Shahad Kadhim, Issa Cummings, Andrew Powers, Nay Htoo, Joanie Lopez, Shelby McQuown, Christopher Kennison and Brandy De Batte. “The tu
By Katherine White
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City’s undead will rise from the stage

After its off-Broadway run, “Zombie Prom” was made into a movie in2006 starring RuPaul as Mrs. Strict, Candice Nicole as Toffee and Darren Robertson as Jonny (pictured above). ZombiePromTheMovie.com San Diego City College’s theater department will perform “Zombie Prom” at the Saville Theatre as the fall semester musical production starting Oct. 30. “It is filled with laughter, great music, fabulous performances, and the perfect way to spend Halloween,” June Richards, “Zombie Prom” director and
By Katherine White
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KSDS deejay resigns after 23 years

It’s 9:55 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 30; Leo Cates arrives to San Diego City College in his 1964 Ford Mustang aka “The Jazz Mobile.” The thin-framed seasoned senior citizen steps out of his car in sweats, sandals and a blue Jazz 88.3 T-shirt. With a memorized set list and minimal preparation, the comfortable looking Jazz 88.3 deejay has five minutes before his “Late Evening Jazz” show. For the past 23-and-a-half years, his voice has graced Jazz 88.3’s airwaves. This will be his last show.
By Donna P. Crilly
• City Times

Street Scene: less sound, more scene

San Diego’s 25th annual Street Scene, which recently reclaimed its rightful place in the checkerboard streets of downtown, was less sound, more scene. The two-day music festival, which took place on Aug 28 and 29, had a sleepy tone Friday as gaps between bands’ sets left wandering concertgoers sound-seeking and sun-screening. It wasn’t until the brink of dusk when music began pulsating from every direction. Unfortunately, sound problems proved a recurring theme as several bands’ music cut out
By Donna P. Crilly
• City Times

Here comes ‘The Panic’

Summer’s over, and I’ve stored enough wild memories in three months to span a year. I’m ready for school, but I can’t help but feel an inward panic writhing inside my bowels, destined to get cut loose by a simple irrational trigger, like a stolen parking spot. That’s when I’ll likely go crazy on a fellow. I’ll end up yelling something that doesn’t make sense, like, “You’re ruining my life you PARKING SPOT FIEND,” flicking my cigarette at his feet as he steps out of his car, and then speeding off...
By Donna P. Crilly
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4th annual May Day march draws 300 protesters

Nearly 300 people rallied on City College’s campus before beginning the 1.4-mile Immigrants Rights March to Chicano Park on May 1. The fourth annual May Day reform march included community members from 25-30 ethnically-blended organizations, a bulk being Mexican. Their goal was legalization and the right to migrate, an end to immigration raids, dignified work for all and an end to wasteful spending on border fences. “Si se puede! Stop the raids now!” was just one of the many chants heard...
By Donna P. Crilly
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