News briefs: Music building fire, trade grant and corrections

Nov. 3, 2014

Music building rings fire alarm

The second fire-related incident in the Richard M. Stover Music Hall within a six-day period on the campus of Riverside City College has members of the facilities department scratching their heads.

The incident occurred Oct. 22 at approximately 1:50 p.m. causing the fire department to investigate. The building was cleared for occupancy at 3 p.m.

Classes were taking place at the time the fire alarm went off in the music room.

According to Scott Zwart, RCC director of facilities, the cause of the second incident is still unknown.

This follows the first incident that took place Oct. 17, in the same building.

According to Zwart, the first incident was caused by an air conditioning unit that caught fire and filled the building with smoke.

The building was evacuated and the air conditioning unit was later replaced.

RCC receives trade grant

Riverside City College and Norco College will be receiving over $2.7 million from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant.

RCC will be receiving $1.1 million for the next three upcoming years and Norco will receive $1.4 million. According to Patricia Avila, dean of instructors, the grant will the funding the need to update RCC cyber security for the school and hire more adjunct faculty.

Chaffey College is in charge of distributing money to the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium which consists of the following schools: Chaffey College, Riverside City College, Norco College, Barstow Community College, College of the Desert, Mount San Jacinto College, Victor Valley College, San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College, MiraCosta College, California State University, San Bernardino and the University of California, Riverside.

Corrections:

In the Oct. 2 issue of Viewpoints on page one, the article “California prepares for ‘Yes means yes’” states that Riverside City College offers the Rape Aggression Defense Program, but it currently does not. According to Police Chief Jim Miyashiro, campus police is in the process of preparing its staff to offer it again.

This article was published in the Oct. 30 edition of Viewpoints.