Month: February 2006

Dickens Festival

Downtown Riverside became host to a Victorian invasion Feb. 6 as the Riverside Dickens Festival paticipants pitched their tents and made their home just outside the Riverside Library. Characters from Dickens’ most memorable books came alive, walking the streets and conversing with passersby as the festival made its mark on Riverside.

In Memoriam: Tom Johnson

Instructor Tom Johnson was known as being a compassionate, strong willed man who loved Riverside City College. “One of the reasons he moved to California is he heard community colleges were free and he thought that was the greatest thing,” said daughter Kjersti Berry who also works at the college.

Rejuvenation of the Quad

The distinct sound of jackhammers and large equipment moving through the Quadrangle resounds all throughout the upper campus. But upon a further glance a whole fourth of the building is completely missing. The section that was removed was erected in the 1970s because of earthquake damage to the original wing. “Structurally, the Quad is sound.” Said ASR Construction Project superintendent, Zack Beck. The structure that was built in its place in 1976 did not contain the auditorium but a smaller lecture hall which later on was converted into a theater. The theater itself wasn’t practical because it had a pole in the middle of the stage.

New year, new resolutions

With this being the first issue of Viewpoints for 2006, we felt it appropriate to come up with a few New Year’s resolutions for Riverside City College. Reducing voting apathy Every year there are student elections on campus and almost no one cares. Last year 323 students participated and that was a good year compared to 2000 when only 151 votes were cast.

Oscar Preview:Crash

Racism is the ugliest word in the English language. “Crash,” however, turns this hateful frame of mind into a work of art. “Crash” follows the intertwining lives and careers of several different Los Angeles residents and how their experiences with racism either bring them together or tear them apart.