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Also, don't forget to check out our back-to-school issue.

Be sure to look out for our upcoming issue on April 1.



RCCD ends booster and mask mandates

By Daniel Hernandez

The Riverside Community College Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to end the booster and mask mandates throughout district facilities March 15.

Under Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac’s direction, the mandates will end starting March 16.

“Based on the data and where we are today, it is suggested that the Board ends the booster requirement and (that it) now be highly recommended,” Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac said prior to the vote. “Similarly, the masking mandate will be removed and it will also be converted to be recommended.”

Although the district will recommend masks and boosters, it will still require students, staff and faculty to provide proof of full vaccination — at least one shot of the Janssen vaccine or two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer — or weekly COVID-19 testing.

The district’s decision is based on the latest guidelines set by federal, state and local health agencies.
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Russia-Ukraine crisis hits close to home for some at RCC

By Daesha Gear

Despite being thousands of miles away, Riverside City College is feeling the emotional repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Russian president Vladimir Putin enforced an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, intending to seize the country’s major cities and overrule its government.

This attack has resulted in deaths on both sides and has given millions worldwide a secondhand view of the war’s impact.

The ongoing crisis is affecting some at RCC individually.

Samantha Hernandez, a biology major, is more concerned about the well-being of a close friend in Ukraine.

“They’re a bit on edge, you know? Constant alarm sirens, she could hear certain bombs flashing outside,” Hernandez said. “She sees people heading to bomb shelters, and then were being returned back — I’m not sure, but she’s struggling a little bit.”



How three Inland Empire artists use their creativity to express themselves

By Julia Goodman

Despite an architect’s day being full of early morning meetings, numerous projects and deadlines, Zoey Valenzuela never ceases to believe art is a prominent part of her identity.

For Valenzuela, architecture is more creative and artistic than people realize. The project’s artistic conception is contingent on an architect’s creative vision.

What began with drawing on school worksheets and sketchbooks instead of playing at recess, transformed into Valenzuela pushing her artistic outlets. The introduction to digital art at an early age was a core inspiration.

Most children, when learning art, follow a linear path full of developmental stages, with early childhood filled with encouragement of art. It’s at the age of 9 or 10 that most children are faced with what’s referred to as the “drawing crisis.”


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Swimming and Diving team shows potential in RCC Invitational

By Mya Castro

Riverside City College women’s swim and dive team fell short of first place at the RCC Invitational and took second overall while the men’s team placed sixth.
Orange Coast College beat the Tigers by just 43 points. RCC top swimmers Valerie Juarez, Loren Loffelmacher and Pilar Lara helped the team accumulate a total of 863 points in the meet.

Coach Doug Finfrock is looking forward to seeing the team win as the team progresses through the season.

“The girls have been swimming strong, we’ve won a few meets and their times are getting better,” Finfrock said. “I like where we’re at and I think we have the potential to have a successful season.”

Loffelmacher placed first in two of four events during the meet this past weekend. She was able to accumulate 69 points for the team and plans on working harder the rest of the season to see more successful meets.
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