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The Viewpoints staff continues to work to get you the news concerning our campus and its surrounding community.

The following stories cover yesterday's demonstration in downtown Riverside against anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes, as well as what an RCC club aims for when it comes to women's equality, how our team did at the Spring National College Media Convention last weekend, the latest developments from plans to return to in-person instruction.

We encourage you to check out our most recent issue.

VIDEO: Riverside gathering supports Asian American, Pacific Islander communities

Riverside's congressman and Eastvale's mayor provided their input on what can be done to combat the surge in racism

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NEWS: Dozens showed up at the Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho Memorial in downtown Riverside to stand in solidarity with the victims of last week's Atlanta terrorist attack and all other instances of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, and Jocelyn Yow, mayor of Eastvale, provided insight on the recent anti-Asian harassment against a Riverside nail salon owner and what they feel can be done to curb racism for future generations.

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RCC's Women in Cybersecurity Club seeks more gender equity

WiCys Club works to empower women in male-dominated field

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NEWS: Members of RCC's Women in Cybersecurity Club speak about the state of the industry, which statistics show remains vastly male-dominated.

Recent analytics show there is a 12% wage gap between men and women in cybersecurity.

The club, also known as WyCis, is working to empower its members as they head into the field.

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Viewpoints takes 15 awards at national convention

Staff members received individual recognitions, while the team took general excellence and two national accolades

NEWS: Viewpoints placed second in the Associated Collegiate Press National Best of Show for our print and online editions.

The staff also took home numerous Journalism Association of Community Colleges state awards and individual staff members placed first in several categories, including On-the-Spot News Writing, Video Journalism, Photo Story Essay and Critical Review.

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CBS News correspondent speaks to students about importance of journalism

Factual reporting is impactful but must hold up to scrutiny, he said

NEWS: Major Garrett's keynote address at the Spring National College Media Convention covered factual reporting and the impacts of journalism.

He gave personal examples from his own career about what certain stories can mean to a reporter.

Viewpoints staff reporter Jennipher Vasquez's story on the speech placed first in the convention's On-the-Spot News Writing Contest.

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Students react to RCCD fall 2021 reopening plans

Feelings are simultaneously optimistic and worrysome

NEWS: Riverside City College students received the news of the potential return to in-person instruction this upcoming fall with both relief and concern.

Although they are worried about safety, some said virtual learning just has not worked well for them.

Still, they are calling for the choice between online and face-to-face classes to remain open.

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Fall scheduling begins, faculty raise concerns

Some RCCD instructors are worried about the number of sections that will be offered next semester

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NEWS: Deans and administrators have begun working on schedules for next semester.

Faculty have noted less sections may be offered with the district's current reopening plan. The district is arguing that staying mostly online could adversely affect equity and finances.

The fall schedule will be posted in May.

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State chancellor talks reopening, vaccinations

The head of the California Community Colleges system also addressed surges in racial violence

NEWS: California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said he expects a gradual return to in-person instruction, adding that student vaccination is a major component to college reopening plans.

Vaccination requirements are not allowed at this point, but may be allowed once guidance becomes clearer in the coming months.

Oakley also called for the protection of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at college campuses.

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EDITORIAL: RCCD's communication during fall 2021 planning has been inadequate

Emails have caused confusion and Safe Return Task Force updates have been infrequent
VIEWS: The district's style of informing students, staff and faculty about COVID-19 and reopening in recent weeks has been ineffective and raised many questions.

The community deserves an opportunity to ask RCCD leaders for clarification on what will happen come fall.

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