What to expect:

This week a new print is now available in newsstands which includes a feature on Dr. Rob Rubalcaba, the doctor that heals math anxiety. Also, this week, professor Mike Espar had a showing of the documentary "Mamachas del Ring" onTuesday and City College hosted the She Was Warned: The Legalities of Being event as part of Social Justice Week.

City College professor tackles math anxiety


Dr. Rob Rubalcaba has a unique way of connecting City College students and math.



By: Brian Mohler, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Good teachers care about their students and students appreciate a good teacher, but San Diego City College’s professor of mathematics, “Dr. Rob” Rubalcaba, has a special way of connecting with students.

Rubalcaba uses his alter ego, DJ Professor Shadow, to reduce the stress around studying for midterms and finals through Math Jams. 

It’s not just the hip hop that reaches students. Rubalcaba receives help from dozens of tutors and Umoja club volunteers creating a sense of community.

“(Rubalcaba) helps curb student anxieties around learning math,” said Ebony Tyree, a math jam volunteer and English professor also involved with Umoja. 

“He brings in his whole authentic self, what made him fall in love with math and he shares it with students, that’s why he changes the lives of students.”

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City College music professor composes ‘Mamachas del Ring’ number

Professor Mike Espar held a screening of the 2009 Bolivian lucha libre documentary.

By Jesse Altillo, Staff Writer

San Diego City College professor Mike Espar held a screening of the 2009 documentary “Mamachas del Ring” on Tuesday. 

Espar, the newest hire in the City College music department, composed the musical number for the film. 

“This is my first year (at City). I started in the fall, and I heard about the world cultures program and wanted to be involved,” Espar said. “Running through the list of film projects I’ve been involved with, this seemed like the most appropriate. There’s such a thread of cultural anthropology going through this film.”

The film follows the story of Carmen Rosa, who during a cultural revolution of the 2000s, became internationally famous for being the first wrestler to wear traditional “cholita” garb in the ring, and one of the few luchadoras in a sport dominated by men.

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Women voices kick off City College’s Social Justice Conference

From sexual harassment to human trafficking, seven strong woman tell their stories at She Was Warned: The Legalities of Being event.

By Kristin Dixon, Newsletter Editor

The struggles of being a woman were discussed on Tuesday evening at the fifth annual Social Justice & Education Conference.

The She Was Warned: The Legalities of Being event was the first at this year’s Social Justice conference. It was the third year this specific event has been hosted.

Seven woman in the San Diego community spoke about navigating their lives and the legal issues that affected them by being who they were, a woman.

Isabel Vasquez-Hunt endured sexual harassment at the hands of her boss. With the strength of other woman harassed, a lawsuit was filed and Vasquez-Hunt was able to take down her harasser and free herself. 

“There are woman out there ready to help anyone who needs support,” said Vazquez-Hunt. “I am one of them.”

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In other news ...

• City College softball and baseball highlight weekend Click here to read the complete story.

Umoja bring music, pizza, and mathematics to City College Click here to read the complete story.

Panel of formerly incarcerated individuals speak at City College Click here to read the complete story.

The newsletter was compiled by Kristin Dixon.
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