For the past four years of my life, everything has been weighed down by the fact that I wake up every morning and inevitably step onto the scale. It is always followed by a sick feeling of disappointment. After seeing how much I weigh, I turn to the mirror and get lost in it for half an hour or so, checking my bones from top to bottom, cheeks to ankles, deciding whether or not to skip breakfast.
Day: November 20, 2008
Ujima is a Swahili term which means, “to build and maintain our community together; to make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, to solve them together.” Riverside City College’s Ujima Project is an academic program whose mission is to increase student success and help the community.
Sean Conner, 18, a student at Riverside City College, admits to struggling with anorexia and bulimia for the past three years of his life. “When I was 15 I had started to restrict. I had weighed 235 the year before, and I was determined to lose it all. I ended up losing more than 100 pounds,” Conner recalls.
The Tigers are running down the dream of a state championship. The Riverside City College men’s cross country team placed sixth out of 28 southern California junior colleges during the SoCal Championship event held at Kern Sports Park in Bakersfield on Nov.
Riverside City College’s men’s soccer team tied Irvine Valley 0-0 at the Nov. 14 conference game held in Irvine. The previous game with Irvine resulted in a 2-4 loss for RCC. As they did with the recent Santiago Canyon conference game, the Tigers were able to learn from the first game and improve on their mistakes.
The Riverside women’s cross country team lept into fourth place in the final rankings at the SoCal Championship event in Bakersfield on Nov. 7. The team will move on to the state championships where they will compete against 23 other California colleges.
Whenever state and federal governments start talking about budget crunches, it seems the first place they want to make cuts is education. At Riverside Community College District the cuts always seem to come from programs and classes, as well as proposed hikes in tuition fees.
As students search for food among the bookstore and various small carts on campus, the Bradshaw Cafeteria gears up for a grand opening on Nov. 24. Though construction has only been going on since early summer of 2008, this remodel project has been in the works since November of 2006.
The Santa Ana winds helped fuel another destructive fire, this time in the Inland Empire city of Corona. On Nov. 15, Corona resident Michelle Grenowich heard the sound of a helicopter and sirens while in her home at the Green River Village, just off the 91 Freeway.
A Veterans Day fair was held in the Bradshaw dining hall on Nov. 11, to honor veterans and inform them of the services Riverside City College offers specifically to them. The entire room was lined with booths displaying the various services available to veterans.