Month: February 2007

Oscar preview: “The Departed”

“The Departed” is an intriguing and action-filled story of betrayal, hidden identity, and the ever-seedy underworld of organized crime. A noteworthy strong point, the film’s cast reads like a “who’s who” of 21st century Hollywood A-listers, the most notable of which is Jack Nicholson (Frank Costello), who sees his first serious role since 2001’s “The Pledge” and the first time Nicholson has played a villain since his unforgettable portrayal of The Joker in 1989’s “Batman.

Downtown gets a victorian makeover

Picture a Star Trek convention except everyone is in late 19th century attire. That was the scene on the streets of Downtown Riverside the weekend of Feb. 2, when crowds gathered for the annual Charles Dickens Festival. There were dozens of actors and volunteers dressed in period attire. Minstrels and peasants roamed the streets. Many were not specific characters, but merely took on roles and personas to fit the life and times of Dickens. Others were representing characters from Dickens’ most celebrated novels.

Castro resigns as president

Over the past two months, RCC has seen the resignation of President Daniel Castro, the hiring and the transition of an acting president for an interim president and progress on the search for a replacement for Chancellor Salvatore Rotella. The controversy began Dec. 8 when Tish Chavez, Castro’s assistant, sent a mass e-mail to all faculty, staff and administration at RCC. The e-mail was sent on the behalf of Castro and announced his resignation as president as of Dec. 11.

Fastpitch: How has the season started?

The fastpitch team started out this year extremely hot. The team has managed to start its season with a record of 4-2. The two losses came from a ranked team and a team who has yet to give up an earned run. The season so far has seen Stephany Aguilar, a returning sophomore, emerge as the team leader with the highest batting average, most runs, most home runs, most runs batted in and tied for the highest fielding percentage.

Construction lingers on

Excitement over the reopening of the A.G. Paul Quadrangle has come to a crescendo, but the fences around the half-finished building have yet to come down. “We are already ahead of time. It was never delayed. It should be finished around the summertime, approximately August,” said Cecilia Wong, Executive Dean of Technology and Learning Resources.

Extreme makeover: Riverside

Now you see them, soon you won’t. Eight of the oldest houses in the city of Riverside are going to be relocated within the next couple weeks. The city has requested that these restored homes be sold as owner occupied residences. This measure will help to elevate the value of the neighborhood to which they are relocated and will ensure better preservation of the buildings.