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Our reporters and editors have been hard at work preparing the next issue of Viewpoints, so be on the lookout for its release April 8.

In the meantime, enjoy these stories that the Viewpoints staff reported on last issue! Below you will find information on the COVID-19 vaccine provided by instructors, a profile on a corona native who will be representing Norco College in the Ivy League, the Culinary Academy's return to full service and one of our columnist's take on vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.

We encourage you to check out our most recent issue.

RCCD science instructors discuss COVID-19 vaccines

Microbiology faculty from Norco and Riverside City Colleges took to Zoom to dispel some of the misconceptions going around about the coronavirus shot

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NEWS: Some in the community have come to believe weird things about the new Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Many still believe vaccines cause autism.

Lisa Thompson-Eagle, a Riverside City College microbiology instructor, explained the history of pandemics and why viruses spread so rapidly in the modern-day. Norco College biology instructor Monica Gutierrez detailed the serious long-term effects some coronavirus patients suffer: destruction of the lungs.

Jeffrey Julius, a microbiology instructor at Moreno Valley College, told attendees how these vaccines actually work.

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Norco College graduate heads to Harvard Law School

He aims to be a role model for Pakistani and Muslim Community College students

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LIFE: As a high school student in Corona, Saeed Ahmad, 22, was told by his teachers that it made sense he was going to a Community College because he didn't have any goals or aspirations. He proved them wrong.

Ahmad became president of the Pre-Law Society at Norco College before transferring to UCLA. He took the same role at the university and is now headed to the Ivy League. Being a Pakistani-American student, he looked for people he could identify with demographically when he was growing up.

The aspiring lawyer now intends to be that role model for students who grew up as he did.

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RCC restaurant looks forward to relaxed regulations

The Culinary Academy, like any other eatery, has faced struggles throughout the pandemic

NEWS: Under pre-COVID-19 circumstances the academy provided a full-service restaurant that was open for both breakfast and lunch. However, it is now open for takeout only.

Co-founding Chef Richard Gabriel of the Culinary Academy speculated that hopefully in early April the restaurant will be able to provide full services at a reduced capacity.

As the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees discusses opening up campuses for in-person learning, he hopes the restaurant will be under no restrictions in the fall.

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OPINION: Vaccine hesitancy in Black community justified

The history of the U.S. healthcare's medical racism of Black citizens leads to vaccine hesitancy

OPINION: Is there such a thing as medical racism? Let’s look at the history of U.S. healthcare and the Black citizens of this country.

Back in 1932, the U.S. Public Health Study began an experiment called the Tuskegee Study. Black men in Mason County, Alabama who had syphilis were told they would be treated. However, the study’s actual purpose was to learn if untreated syphilis affected Black men differently than white. The entire study was based on “fake science” to determine the biological difference between Blacks and Whites.

The government never intended to provide treatment. As a result, as many as 100 men died. Hundreds of women were infected and some of the women passed the disease unto their children.

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