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Loss of life on railroad bridge collapse

The Pachappa Railroad Bridge over the eastbound portion of state Route 91 collapsed May 18 around 3:15 a.m. CalTrans worker Okesene Faasalele, 59 of Long Beach fell to his death while still tethered to that portion of the bridge.

“The bridge was being demolished as part of the 91 Freeway expansions when a component on the bridge apparently buckled,” CalTrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said in a report to ABC7 News.

CalTrans officials have yet to determine the cause of the collapse and the investigation is ongoing.


RCC takes all in association elections


All faculty association representatives who ran with opposition in the recent elections maintained their original positions.

Richard Mahon, head of the history department, ran against standing president Dariush Haghighat for the position of president of the Faculty Association.

Roberto Halili, an adjunct sociology professor ran against Joe Eckstein for his vice president at Norco College.

Part-time communication studies professor ran against Fabian Biancardi for vice president at Moreno Valley College.

Mark Sellick vice president of Riverside City College, Shari Yates the secretary and Leo Truttmann Treasurer all ran unopposed.


RCC Carnival and talent show


In celebration of Art Appreciation Week, Associated students of Riverside City College put together a talent show featuring exemplary talent among Riverside City College students.

The Event is held May 29 from noon to 6 p.m. on Terracina Drive. There are more than 100 talents expected to show up for the event.


Gender and sexuality awareness event


The Gender and Sexualities Awareness Club held an event supporting the expression of equality with a drag show, barbecue and free entertainment for Pride Day on May 21.

At the steps of the Martin Luther King Building students expressed their pride by modeling pop icons such as Elsa, Brittney Spears and the Riddler. Other participants dressed in tight costumes and wore colorful makeup.

Vendors showcased goodies and offered information about the GSA Club and sexual awareness.

The GSA Club stands by a quote from Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office.

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential,” Milk said.

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