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Water Polo heads to playoffs For a

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water warrior: RCC women’s water polo co-captain Samantha Pirot helps lead the team to a 8-5 victory Oct. 26 over Orange Coast College.

Football’s amazing season page 13

Downtown Ghost Walk pages 8-9

‘In Time’ review page 16


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Party with other RCC football fans Riverside Community College District will hold tailgate parties before every home game this football season. The homecoming game is on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. against Southwestern College. The party starts at 4 p.m. at the practice field behind the parking structure. Students are welcome to enjoy the party, food and have fun with fans before the coin toss. Riverside community college district / Special to viewpoints

Calling all student filmmakers

The Riverside International Film Festival will be hosting a college night at the festival April 20-29, 2012. Students may submit a documentary, short, animation and feature film by Dec. 31 with a $15 fee or by the final deadline on Feb. 15, 2012 for $25. Include: Blu-Ray or DVD with labeled with permanent marker, filmmaker/ director/producer biography (50 words), a brief synopsis (50 words), artwork or still picture from the film and headshots of film maker/director/producer, with the category, who submitted, college name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Send the above information to RIFF College Night 989 Talcey Terrace, Riverside, CA 92506. For more information on the festival or film submission e-mail professor Buckholz at buckholz@calbaptist.edu or professor Martinez at cmartgoz@aol.com.

RCC goes Broadway Riverside City College will continue the Off Broadway Play Series with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” Nov. 16-19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 951-222-8100 or go to www.landispac.com.

Giving back to the community HeART Enterprise Art/Science Programs and City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Service Department presents the ninth annual Giving Back community resource fair and food giveaway. There will be a stage show, community acts, food giveaway, children’s corner, community service resources and a special guest. For more information, email RAMSEYRedlands@aol.com.

RCC marching band tournament Riverside City College Marching Tigers is hosting the “Big Orange Classic” field show tournament featuring 30 marching bands Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. at the Wheelock Stadium. Tickets for the daytime are $7 for adults, $5 for 12 and under. Nighttime contest are $10 for adults and $7 for 12 and under. For more information, go to www.rccband.org.

RCC symphony orchestra Riverside City College symphony orchestra is playing Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The concert is conducted by Kevin A. Mayse at the Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church at 5901 Chicago Ave. in Riverside. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.rccsymphony.com.

Buy one get one free

Performance Riverside is offering all faculty and staff buy one, get one free tickets to “The Mikado” on Nov. 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 2 p.m at the Landis Performing Arts Center. Special prices for different sections are available. For more information, contact Performance Riverside.

a new honor: As a new electee to the National Association of Community College Board of Trustees, Mary Figueroa will speak for RCC students.

RCCD trustee has a new role

Mary Figueroa will represent Riverside on prestigious national education board Danny Heflin Asst. news editor Riverside Community College District will have a greater voice with the election of Mary Figueroa, secretary of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, to the National Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors. Figueroa’s election was during the Association of Community College Trustees Congress meeting this past October in Dallas. Figueroa is the first trustee to be elected to the board from the Riverside area. As one of 25 regional directors from around the country to help set recommendations for over 6,500 community colleges, technical colleges and trade schools. “I am deeply honored to have been elected and welcome the responsibility of carrying the voice for this region,” Figueroa said. “Sitting at the national table provides the opportunity to be an advocate to the needs of the students and the district, and I look forward to the challenge of having our voice heard.” Figueroa has been representing the students on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees since 1995; serving in all capacities including six terms as president of the Riverside Community College District Board. She has also chaired each of the board’s committees. Figueroa, a native of Riverside, is uniquely suited to represent the needs on the student body at Riverside City College. As a graduate of UC Riverside, member of the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council and the City of Riverside’s Eastside Think Tank, Figueroa is no stranger to the issues that concern students and residents of Riverside and the Inland Empire.

“(Figueroa) grew up here, her perspective to underrepresented areas such as here in the Inland Empire will be a benefit,” said Nick Bygon, student trustee of the Riverside Community College District. With the rising costs of education that seem to hit the hardest in the Riverside region, Figueroa is poised to be able to let RCC’s collective voice be heard at a national level. This could lead to more specialized programs for job and career training as well as assisting students in educational goals beyond the two year program to four year programs and beyond. “It is imperative that students are represented local,” Bygon said. “With the economic crisis here in the Inland Empire, Figueroa’s representation is vital.” In addition to serving on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, Figueroa is also currently serving her third two-year term on the California Community College League Trustees Board. “Figueroa is a respected elected official who has stayed closely connected to the communities our colleges serve,” said Gregory Gray, chancellor of Riverside Community College District. “Having her voice heard at the national level on behalf of our region’s colleges and California community colleges will have a profound impact on policies and programs needed to serve students,” he said. Figueroa has many community activities from National Latino Peace Officers Association to Attorney General’s Civil Rights Commission on Hate Crimes was a counselor with the state of California’s Department of Corrections. She was also named Most Influential Latina of the year in 2005. Figueroa’s will be on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors for three years trough 2014.


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Cafeteria thefts cause new security Karissa rivera Staff Writer More and more Riverside City College students have been caught stealing from the student cafeteria in variety of different ways. People go in, get food and walk completely out. Students put it in their bags, or they will eat right in the cafeteria until they are done and leave without paying. When a customer steals, RCC police become involved and action is taken by staff. “We do stop the customer and we ask them to pay at the register,” said Cheryl Ruzak, RCC’s food services director. “If we see them walk by, we stop them and ask them to come back in line,” she said. There have been two arrests so far this semester, one in food services and one in the bookstore. New stanchions, or ropes were suggested to make sure the customers go through the cashiers instead. “We are trying to be proactive and keep a presence on the floor,” Ruzak said. Four cameras are set up in the office to keep track of students going in and out and to help

prevent students from stealing. Food services is not funded by the school. “The more food gets stolen the higher the prices have to go and that affects everybody,” Ruzak said. If students need food to eat, Associated Students of Riverside Community College program have food tickets that are available to help students pay for their meals. If students sign up for the food tickets, they are given five vouchers for the semester, but is only redeemable through the college cafeteria. “You can eat and give us that coupon in exchange of payment,” Ruzak said. The program is offered to 40 students per semester for fall or spring and is hoping to expand in time. Last week the program did an outreach near the Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching/Learning Center where fliers were passed out to advertise the program. “We got a large number of students coming in after that,” said Rebecca Faircloth, student services counseling clerk. “If some one is hungry enough to steal from the cafeteria, hopefully if they know about this program they will stop,” she said. This is the first semester this

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new security measures: The cafeteria has been having problems with students stealing food and not paying for meals, therefore there will be new security to stop the theft. program is opened to students. “I am working with both the heads of departments of the cafeteria and the bookstore to figure out how to get rid of some of that theft,” said Jonathan Flike, Associated Student RCC president. “If you are truly hungry, let the student government feed you.”

Go pass cards prove problematic Nita gandhi news editor Some Riverside City College students are having problems using their student identification cards at Riverside Transit Agency bus stops with the go pass program. RCC students can present their RCC ID cards at any bus stop and ride the bus anywhere it goes for free as long as they are currently registered students taking one unit or more and pay all fees for attending classes. Some students who ride the bus are having problems using their ID. When they present their card to the bus driver and swipe it, the card does not work and would have to pay the bus fair of $1.50. “Every situation that you find is different,” said Johanna Vasquez, the administrative assistant to the dean of admissions and records. There could be a number of reasons why the ID cards could not be working for students who ride the bus. “For the most part you’re going to have occasional glitches, technically. It could be that the card is just like a credit card and the coding is no longer working because you put it down somewhere,” Vasquez said. “It could be that the student is no longer enrolled in classes and so it stops working,” she said. “It could be that the fare box on the RTA bus has a problem. It could be a multitude of things why it would not work.” Tyiesha Andrews rides the bus everyday to RCC and has not

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Id issues: Students who use their RCC student ID’s with the RTA Go Pass program have had some problems. had any problems with her ID not working at the bus stop. “I really like it because not only can I go to school but I can go to the mall whenever I want to or anywhere,” Andrews said. “I use it everyday and it works for me.” There have been problems with the program in the past, but have always been addressed accordingly. “When the program first started there was a little bit of glitches, just like everything that’s new,” Vasquez said. “But since then, I can not say that in the past year I think everything works as smoothly as possible for the amount of students that we issue IDs for.” Currently, there have been two students that Vasquez recalls this semester who have had a problem with their new ID cards at the bus stops. “It was more of an issue with

the card itself,” Vasquez said. “It was not coded, so we had to replace that card.” Vasquez said that if any student is having problems with their ID card to come into the Admissions and Records office and they can find out the problem with the card and fix it. She went on to say that the office could find out if there is a problem with the card on the college’s end and if it is a problem with the Riverside Transit Agency the college can call the agency to fix the problem. “The program itself works great,” Vasquez said. “A lot of students I know use it and we try to make as available as we can to be able to issue ID cards.” Information on the RTA Go Pass is on the RCC website at www.rcc.edu/riverside/goPass. cfm.


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Anyone who has attended Riverside City College for more than a year can remember a time when the food trailers stood outside the Quad and Lovekin Field, stocked with all kinds of food, drinks and school supplies. Then last year, the trailer near Lovekin was placed near the Quad, then was moved over to the small break area near the Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching/Learning Center in what used to be known as the smoking area. This year, they’re both gone entirely, and the only place to buy food on campus is the cafeteria or the bookstore. Cheryl Ruzak, the director of Food Services, said that the trailers were removed due to low business. Not frequented enough by students, the trailer cost more than it was bringing in. Also, there were problems with students loitering around the trailers, but not actually conducting business there. A lot of students reaffirmed this fact saying that the cafeteria or the

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express lunch: The old security office on the top level of the parking structure may be converted into a new quick service cafe to serve students. bookstore was just easier, or that they liked them better. However, one of the few things the students did like about the trailers was the ability to run over before class started and quickly pick up a Scantron.

This seemed to be the only real advantage the trailers had over the cafeteria though. A new project that will surpass the trailers and help students who can’t always make it to the cafeteria is in the works.

The old dispatch building above the parking structure is soon to be converted into a new cafeteria express store, with many of the commodities the cafeteria provides. “I’m calling it more of an

upgrade,” Ruzak said. “Upgrade ourselves out of the trailers into something more permanent, something that’s professional, that shows us as more of a business.” As an added bonus, the new express will be able to take credit cards, not just cash. The building is going to be renovated shortly, and work on installing all the necessary equipment will commence. Ruzak is hoping to have it fully operational within a few weeks, anywhere from mid November to late December. She is hoping for it to be up and in place before finals, so that the students who just come in and leave for their tests need not worry about the long trip and the lines in the cafeteria itself. Ruzak is also planning on putting up another small structure in the area of the new buildings going up, so there will be enough options for anybody’s schedule. Even though the trailers are out, done and gone, something bigger and brighter will be arriving in its place very soon.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Javier Cabrera (951) 222-8495 viewpoints@rcc.edu eic@viewpointsonline.org MANAGING EDITOR Dora Yrigoyen 951-222-8488 managingeditor@viewpointsonline.org ADVERTISING Leah Frost 951-222-8488 ads@viewpointsonline.org FACULTY ADVISERS Allan Lovelace Dan Evans NEWS EDITOR Nita Gandhi news@viewpointsonline.org

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a complicated card: New Sallie Mae debit card is not as easy to use as financial aid would like.

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STAFF Francisco Acosta Irais Anguiano Chad Arias Marlenne Barajas Katan Collins Kelley Collins Ana Contreras Araceli Diaz Matthew Dziak Sam Finch Dominique Franklin Danny Heflin Phillip Hutchinson Russell Hebert Jarred Jackson Lizbeth Landeros Dyanna Llamas Christina Melgoza

Changes to financial aid process keep students guessing

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At Riverside City College the banner hanging inside Student Financial Services reads “Helping to build dreams.” The new Sallie Mae bank card seems to be more of a dream crusher, than dream builder. For years student ID cards were linked to a Wells Fargo bank account allowing students to receive their financial aid and use their ID cards all over campus, as well as the Wells Fargo ATMs on campus. When signing up for the Sallie Mae bank card students are informed that it will take two weeks from their scheduled disbursement date for the card (which is loaded with their award) to be sent to their home. Students do have the option of receiving paper checks, but still have to wait two weeks after their disbursement date to receive their check. The latest students can receive a disbursement is Nov. 15. To expect students to keep up a high level of academic achievement with such a long waiting process seems asinine. If the idea of financial aid is to help students pay for classes, it doesn’t do them in any good if they don’t receive money until mid-November. The college penalizes students if they drop any classes after receiving financial aid; they also have to pass 67 percent of classes attempted. If they fall behind or drop any classes the college makes them return any over payment. It makes it stressful to have to catch up or find the money to cover the cost of tuition and books while waiting for their disbursement. At Mt. San Antonio College the financial aid process is handled different, students don’t have to wait eight weeks for their paper work to be processed; this is due to a larger

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counter staff and different software program. This allows Mt. Sac to release checks before the school semester even starts; it also helps them weed out the potential financial aid bandits. Chaffey College allows students direct deposit, and Valley sends paper checks. All of these ways are efficient and work for these colleges. It would seem that once again RCC is behind the times. While other colleges have figured out how to navigate the red tape of the financial aid process, RCC students are still be strangled by it. The Sallie Mae process is a nightmare. Students were not properly informed of this new policy, it just showed up one day, and Student Financial Services were not much help during the already confusing enrollment process. First time students were blind sided by the process. Most students just transfer the funds they receive on the Sallie Mae card to their already existing bank accounts. The two week disbursement wait time is only for the first time but if students just so happen to lose their Sallie Mae card they are slapped with a $15 processing fee, and have to start the process all over. Equal Opportunity Program gives students bus passes or parking permits as well as book vouchers for students who qualify. The program holds students to the same academic standards that Financial Aid does however it is geared toward academic progress. RCC’s financial aid process seems to be alienating the students who need the help the most. Hopefully in the coming semesters Student Financial Services can patch up this faulty process.

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Barack Obama faces his biggest race

dominique franklin Staff Writer Think about it. Are you better off now than you were four years ago? As the 2012 election approaches, the state of the economy begins to take hold as an issue in re-electing President Obama. The president understands that an unemployment rate of over nine percent does not favor his odds of a second term. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, the president admitted the lack of improvement. He did, however, manage to link it to the financial meltdown before he was elected to office. “They’re not better off than they were when Lehman collapsed, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession,” Obama said. However, the sound bite that will remain the most significant is that “Americans are not better off.” Sure enough, his Republican

challengers took notice of this statement and immediately began running ads containing the clip. By using this sound bite, it’s easy to make it seem as if even the president believes that Americans could be better off without him. Despite Obama’s continued attempts to link the financial crisis of today to mistakes of the previous administration, Americans still hold him accountable. His approval ratings have slipped to the lowest of his presidency, to the 40 percent range while only 45 percent of Americans believe that Obama

Illustration by Dylan Slusser long run, and hurts Republican will win a second term. These new percentages did candidates because of their refusal not slip the president’s mind. to pass it. Even still, the bill is a bill. It He acknowledges that he is the hasn’t been passed yet. Therefore, underdog. In the interview, Obama took the unemployment rate has a moment to give more attention remained largely unaffected. Although President Obama to his American Jobs Act, which is continuing to gain public claims that his administration helped to stabilize the economy, support. The bill is essentially a most Americans haven’t noticed stimulus that focuses on teachers anything other than the lack of and schools, returning military employment opportunities. Historically, presidents that personnel, and the country’s have taken office during bad infrastructure. Many believe that this bill economies rarely win re-elections, may be what helps Obama in the a lesson that President Obama has

not failed to notice. For the president to win this election, it’s going to take more than raising more campaign money than his Republican contenders. He’s going to have to push his own initiative in order to show the American people that he can continue to lead the nation to a brighter future. The American public once again can see the fighter that was seen during the 2008 campaign. President Obama, in a sense, has gotten that fire back in his eye, and you can see it during his campaign as he continues to promote the American Jobs Act. This was the fight that should have never left the president’s eye to begin with. The persistence he now has to get this bill passed is one he should have had from the beginning. If he continued to fight for the American people, many would believe in him still, despite a still very unsure economy. Yet as it stands now, the president is fighting not just with Republicans, but an uphill battle against America. He does share one similar advantage though, in that Republicans aren’t very favorable right now either. However, when the economy is bad, Americans generally vote for an overall change. Unless Obama is able to turn this economy around in about 13 months, the person sitting in the Oval Office will be the one to change.

The 21st century abandons the print newspaper industry

Dominique Smith Staff Writer The print newspaper industry is slowly, but surely, reaching an untimely death. However, it’s highly debatable whether anyone will really miss this casualty. Since the dot com boom in the early 1980s, communication has developed into a rocket, blasting information from here to the other side of the continent in just mere seconds. We live in a world where the news runs on a 24 hour cycle. By the time the latest breaking news gets out there on the local and global circuits, something else already has happened. Seattle’s Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain and the San Francisco Chronicle, to list only a few names, will be sent to the shredder. These newspapers will soon be forced to move all their paper staff to an online-only basis. Time magazine recently did a study where it featured the 10 newspapers that may not make it through.

In a recent study done by the Pew Research Center, 11 percent of Americans use tablets, while 77 percent of those people use their tablets every day. That same 77 percent rapidly consume news stories. It seems that tablets are the only way to go for news consumption as it resembles a digital paper in more ways than one. Newspapers simply can’t keep up with how fast information is being spit out by camera phones and iPhone applications. Even Rupert Murdock’s News Corp. is finding it hard to stay afloat with all of this diversity within the news industry. Even though online and mobile editions do exist, newspapers take too long to reach audiences in print format. It can take up to 24 hours to press an issue. Meanwhile, it’s so easy to update Twitter feeds or a Facebook status with just a click of a button. Why would anyone want to wait? To think that one can get information with the flick of the wrist or the click of a mouse at all times of the day is mind blowing. The phrase, “Beam me up, Scotty” is more of a possibility than just fantasy fiction, thanks to the help of 3G and 4G speeds. The 21st century travels fast, transforming the human mind into a computer processing data at a mile a minute. The print newspaper is a dinosaur or, as seasoned newspaper

columnist Alan D. Mutter calls it, a “newsosaur.” Because of this, these newspapers have no way to accurately gauge their audience. They have completely separated themselves from the reader by sticking to a conservative tradition. As the younger generations grow up, it becomes harder for them to imagine picking up an outdated black and white canvas and filling in the latest crossword puzzle. It’s much easier, however, to picture them watching the 3D edition of “Star Wars” on Blu-ray, or tuning into to the latest episode of “E! News” or TMZ just to get the latest scoop on their favorite celebrity. To s e e a n e w s p a p e r a s prestigious as the New York Times reach its untimely demise is heartbreaking, but in order to survive, one must keep up with the times, no pun intended. The only plausible solution is to get out of the race and make way for innovators who are prepared to change the way we see and consume news. On the bright side, if the servers ever crash or we log offline we can always go back to old faithful. I t’s a shame to see the newspaper business dwindle to its slow painful death. Readership is only dying at a small percentage. If newspapers can find a way to hit their audience on a broader scale, they can regain

Photo momentum. Using telemarketing and other pesky annoyances are not helping though. Technology is not going to slow down. It will only continue to sail uncharted waters. If the newspaper industry does reach its end, will anyone even notice? This new generation wants to be informed and they don’t seek

Illustration by Viewpoints their news in the old-fashioned way, like we’ve been used to for the last 300 years. Times are changing and if you can’t adapt, you can’t survive. Until then we are on a constant death watch with the newspaper industry, but with such a small crawl to its demise, we still have 10 years to wait before it really is extinct.


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Seven billion humans in one world

Joanna Cosper Opinions editor The world welcomed a very special visitor in the Philippines capitol of Manila on Oct. 30. Danica May Camacho, is estimated to be the 7 billionth baby to have been delivered in the history of mankind. Camacho was delivered just before midnight on a Sunday in a packed government-run hospital. By Monday, she had become a symbol for humanity’s feat for reaching 7 billion in its population rate and the United Nations chose to represent her birth with a string of festivities worldwide. Is this something that should be celebrated so profusely? Not in the very least. Her birth comes with one dire warning that should not be ignored: our world is becoming overpopulated. D r. E r i c Ta y a g o f t h e Phillipines’ Department of Health said that this birth should not be treated as blessing in this kind of manner. “Seven billion is a number we need to think about deeply,”

he said. As the world’s population grows, one concern that arises is the risk of depleting several of our natural resources continues to grow much more dire with passing time. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, for example, is predicting that 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. The BP Statistical Review of World Energy released information in June that stated the world has enough oil to last us on 46.2 years, should global production remain at the current rate. The review also mentioned that there is only 58.6 years of using natural gas left. Scientists from the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative have discovered that, lest something is done to either halt or tremendously slow down the global production of phosphorus, the demand could finally outstrip the supply and we could run out of the element in the next 50 to 100 years if new reserves are not found. With these statistics in mind, it’s a shame that there isn’t a bigger push to solve the crisis of overpopulating the world. Instead, the United Nation celebrates it as if it were an accomplishment made by mankind. That must not be the case, however. Amidst the inconsistent number of deaths and births

that occur each year, the United States Census Bureau has found it difficult to pinpoint the exact date in which each billionth mark was reached worldwide, so instead, they are forced rely on estimated calculations. According to their approximations, the world’s population rate has skyrocketed in the past two centuries. In 1805, it reached the 1 billion mark, 2 billion in 1927, 3 billion in 1956, 4 billion in 1976, 5 billion in 1987, and finally, 6 billion by 1998. The United Nation predicts that the 8 billionth baby with grace the world with their presence by 2025 where No. 9 billion will arrive by 2050. Baby No. 10 should be born approximately 2100. This information should not be easy to keep in mind. If anything, it should come across as frightening, considering the ramifications of overpopulation, such as mass extinction within the animal and plant kingdoms and the rapid depletion of natural resources. Based upon current trends in the world’s development, most of this growth will occur in highfertility countries such as the SubSahara Africa, Mexico and India. When compared to most of Asia, Europe, and North America, each of which will experience shrinkage in their population rate, there is no argument something must be done to spread the word of slowing the progress of our growth and it must be done soon. However, this subject acts as a

Illustration by Dylan Slusser double-edged sword. Despite the ringing warning bells in regard to our dwindling natural resources, medical advances has made it easier for people to live much longer and an increased life expectancy decreases the likelihood of death, thus forestalling the death rate from increasing. Although there is no viable

solution to have surfaced just yet, the only path this situation must take is to keep from celebrating such feats. Reaching the 7 billionth mark in our world’s population rate is by no means a revolutionary act, nor is it an accomplishment. This event comes with a warning tag: slow down, world. Slow down or face the consequences.


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A walk through Riverside’s Haunted History Laith Salama Staff Writer

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The Mission Inn area of Riverside is known for its many art walks, its Christmas festivities, its coffee shops and its numerous antique malls. But only during Halloween is Riverside’s haunted history brought to light. The California Riverside Ballet presented its 20th Annual Ghost Walk of Riverside on Oct. 28-29, two nights of games, candy, music, face-painting, popcorn and occurrences of the other-worldly sort. Put together by Riverside locals and demonstrated mostly by local high school theater departments, the Ghost Walk was a tour of various locations in Riverside that have a notably haunted history. The tour began with a high school dance troupe performing a zombie dance that was both well-choreographed and well-danced, though the act did scare some of the kids. In any case, what better way to get everyone into the spirit of Halloween than to start off with a zombie apocalypse? Then began the actual tour, a walk around the Mission Inn area beginning with an account of Riverside’s somewhat unknown haunted history about the spiritual woman Eliza Tibbets and how the hauntings of Riverside began. At each location afterwards, a local volunteer told a story about ghosts, spirits, and strange, supernatural happenings of the other worldly kind, often supplemented with basic, low budget demonstrations. From the ghost bride who haunts the Mission Inn, to a ghost sighting at the local library, and then to the ghost of the Fox Theater’s projectionist from the 1920s, each story came in the form a little skit put on by local volunteers or high school drama departments. It was a good idea and though it was not perfect, and often slipped into the category of cute, it was worth the time, if not the $10 admission. The stories were fun and though they felt at times like a history lesson, the volunteers did a good job telling them. It was in no way scary, and it was not supposed to be. The tour offered good clean fun for the whole family but the main tour was not the only one offered. The “Dark Dreams” tour offered a little more frightening experiences for those interested in less family friendly exploits. Most of the stories in the “Dark Dreams” tour were told by high school drama departments and carried a little more substance, taking tour members to different locations such as the coffee house “Back to the Grind” and “Relish Café.” But it wasn’t just a Ghost Walk. It was also a festival based around the Ghost Walk that provided an almost carnival atmosphere in addition the frights. There were vendors selling a variety of useless merchandise. A brass band played on a stage set up in the middle of the vendors, playing everyone’s favorite Halloween tunes, such as melodies from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” And there were plenty of distractions for the kids, including a limbo contest that saw all the kids disqualified for ducking under the bar, and a hula hoop contest that also did not produce any winners. Many people took the opportunity to wear costumes though it was mostly the children all dressed up. For every person dressed up in a costume, there were about three or four dressed as pirates. What happened to the good old fashioned ghost outfit? In and of itself the Ghost Walk wasn’t the next Halloween Horror Night’s or Knot’s Scary Farm, however, it made for a fun evening for local families as well as for the high school performers to not only have a chance to practice their act but also to participate in local history. It was great to have a local festivity, sponsored by local businesses such as Lamar Advertising and Riverside Magazine. Something family friendly, a concept that’s kind of been going by the wayside of late, and gratifying to the whole community, California Riverside Ballet’s 20th Annual Ghost Walk, was a hit with the locals and is sure to be back for its 21st festival next Halloween season.

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Occupy halloween: Jonny Parker brings Halloween spirit to occupy Riverside protests in downtown Riverside.

Getting into the spirit: Ashlyn D. (Upper left) holds still as her face is decorated with a colorful design at the 20th Annual

Ghost Walk of Riverside. Giselle Rodriguez (below) carefully chooses a prize after playing a game at the Ghost Walk in downtown Riverside.

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ghostly fun: Ethan and Ellie Rose Branhan dress up and get into the festivities of Halloween at the 2011 Ghost Walk.


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‘Payday’ proves money isn’t everything Laith Salama Staff Writer Bank heists have been widely enjoyed in modern entertainment. Several movies have been made specifically about crime capers such as “Point Break,” and “Public Enemies.” All loved movies, all about organized crime but no video games. At least none staged completely around robbing banks. “Payday: The Heist” is a fourplayer co-op first-person shooter completely revolving around crime capers. Its setup is very much like the zombie apocalypse franchise, “Left 4 Dead,” but instead of mowing down hordes of the undead, players get to take on the unforgiving police department. Like “Left 4 Dead,” there is no real storyline. Just a premise: you versus the law. When the first heist boots up, players feel the heat immediately. They start yelling at civilians, shooting at cops, telling each other to destroy video cameras and doing just about everything else associated with holding up a bank. Since it is a multiplayer co-op, this translates well amongst friends yelling orders at each other as they try to beat the game. But what makes this game unique is that things actually go wrong. Players don’t get points

for being evil and just going in and shooting up the place. Anything that an actual bank robber would have to take into consideration, so does the player. Different factors come into play during each different heist and a different outcome happens every time that will keep the players on their toes and coming back for more. There is an upgrade system (usually a good thing) that lets players choose from new perks, guns and upgrades as they move forward. It’s challenging, it’s fun, and it’s unique. But there are some problems here. The game lacks in its budget. You can download the game for twenty dollars and it has no disk form. The gameplay is good enough considering this, but certainly not as sharp as gamers are used to. The shooting mechanics are basic and the graphics lack. If the developers at Overkill had more money to work with they could perfect the game’s obvious flaws. However that’s just it, no real flaws anywhere else. The game runs smooth and the gameplay and mechanics work. It’s just not as shiny as it could be, or as in depth. There is a lot to do within the heists themselves. The game constantly has you doing something to the point that even the downtime feels tense, at the very least in anticipation. Players never feel at

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don’t kill the hostages: “Payday: The Heist” works just like an actual bank heist. There are consequences for any small miscalculation that are not limited to a loss of points. ease until the job is done. “Payday” also has a hostage system that can buy time and even get crew members back should they fall into custody. There is emphasis on crowd control, minimizing evidence and reducing casualties. Players are there for the money, and they are aware of that. Most games try too hard to be the next big thing without working on making something new. “Payday’s” mechanics are basic, yes, but the idea behind the

gameplay is new. It doesn’t try to be amazing, and it’s not, but it’s interesting and has an interested audience. Given the unscrupulous nature of the game, people may ask, “does this game glorify crime?” Honestly, it does, like everything else in American entertainment. But the game is rated M and children shouldn’t be anywhere near it. As a political concern if people should be worried about anybody playing this game, it’s

nothing new in the waves of corrupting the youth. “Grand Theft Auto,” “God of War,” “Doom,” “Mortal Kombat” and many other video games in the past have already gone where “Payday” follows. “Payday: The Heist” is worth every penny of its $20 and playing the game will make gamers wish it had more production behind it. Best possible scenario: everyone will buy it, love it, and Overkill will get sponsored for a sequel.

Vi ew p o i n t s E n t e r t a i n m e n t C a l e n d a r Nov. 4

MOVIES “Tower Heist” “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” EVENTS “Riverdance” at California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino at 8 p.m. MOVIES (through Nov. 6)

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Nov. 6

EVENTS EVENTS 1st Annual Gospel Fest at 4th Annual SoCalROC Riverside Fox Theatre Show & Shine Toy Drive at 7 p.m. at Riverside International Tuskegee Airmen Automotive Museum Celebration at UC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riverside Orbach Science “All Shook Up” at Library from 2-5 p.m. Corona Civic Theater “Supreme Reflections” at 2 p.m. at Center Stage Theater in (runs Nov. 4-13) Fonatana from 7-10 MOVIES p.m.

“Fame” “Fame” “Surrogates” “Surrogates” “Pandorum” “Pandorum” “All Shook Up” at “All Shook Up” at EVENTS EVENTS MOVIES Landis PAC Landis PAC Ska Parade 20th “Detained in the Desert” at “Immortals” Alejandra Guzman at Alejandra Guzman at Anniversary Tour at UC UC Riverside Studio Theatre “J. Edgar” Pechanga Pechanga Riverside 8:30 p.m. at 8 p.m. EVENTS Norm McDonald at “TCM presents WestNorm Side McDonald Mazeat featuring Frankie Howie Mandel at Fox Irvine Improv Beverly at San Manuel IrvineIndian Improv Story” at AMC Tyler Galleria Performing Arts Center

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at 7 p.m. Betty White at Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 8 p.m.

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Bingo and Casino at 7:30 p.m. Guy Torry at Ontario Improv at 8 p.m. (through Nov. 13)

at 8 p.m. “Romeo and Juliet” at CSUSB Theater for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.

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Nov. 8

EVENTS Inland Empire Job Fair at Doubletree Hilton in Ontario from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Lykke Li at Fox Theater in Pomona 7:30 p.m. “Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination” at Muzeo Museum in Anaheim (through Jan. 1)

DVD “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” “The Change Up” “Law & Order: The Complete Series” CDS “Wicked Game” Il Divo “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack” Various Artists

EVENTS No Tomorrow Rave at Asu Fox Theatre at 9 p.m. Founders Festival Community Parade at Victoria Gardens at 10 a.m. Jeffrey Osborne at Fox Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.

EVENTS Mission Inn Run 5K Run/ Walk at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa at 7 a.m. Journey at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. UC Irvine 10th Annual Pow Wow at UC Irvine at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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‘Spring Awakening’ touches RCC hearts Ana Contreras Staff Writer If there is anything that is sure to draw an audience, it’s anything labeled “controversial.” Well, on Oct. 20, Riverside City College became the first junior college in California to produce a version of the controversial German play “Spring Awakening,” at the Landis Performing Arts Center. The rock musical, presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI), was adapted from the 1982 hit play of the same title by Frank Wedekind, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. So why would a hit play be banned from the public upon opening in Germany so many years ago? Well, the content of the show dealt with some pretty heavy stuff it would technically be given an R rating for some of the topics bluntly portrayed. For a play coming out in the 1980s, well people just didn’t openly discuss these things at that time. “Spring Awakening” has since then been reborn and arisen from the vault. Emerging victorious, it has won several awards including Tony awards, Drama Desk awards, and the Olivier awards for best musical, directing, and script. The play concerns teenagers

who are discovering their inner and outer tumult of sexuality and touches upon some emotionally substantial topics such as abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. The complexity of these topics are easily shown through the characters’ ignorance and naivety, and how they were taught to not talk about the abuse going on in their own homes. Sex and conception was not spoken of openly like it is today and the play portrays the challenges that these teenagers faced in dealing with these topics alone. The actors put on a very good performance. The play was well acted, well sung, and passionately portrayed to move the audience along with the emotions of the characters. It covers a lot of issues that many teenagers go through in life, or witness in friends and relates to the audience through many shared emotions and struggles. “It had heartfelt moments that I could relate too,” said Yesenia Bautista, a student at RCC. “I think that anybody could relate to this play because we were all young at one point in our lives.” Bautista also said she related to many of the struggles portrayed in the play. “Inner turmoil can lead to destruction,” she said. “Adolescence is a delicate moment in our lives. Transcending from

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The cast caught in the act: The Tony Award-Winning, controversial musical “Spring Awakening” comes to RCC as part of the drama department’s Off Broadway series. childhood to adulthood is indeed scary and this play carried this message perfectly,” she said. Although times might change, attitudes toward certain subjects may stay the same and some subjects may always be difficult to handle let alone discuss openly. This theme is ever so present in “Spring Awakening,” and it helped the performers relate to their respective roles in order to portray the characters more accurately. “I can really relate to my role because in the show my character finds out that he is gay so it was easy for me because I’m gay too

so I really use some of myself in the show,” said Bryan Young who plays the role of the character Otto in the play. Bethany Baderdeen who played Thea said she felt the same way. “I feel like we are the characters,” she said. “Because what we play on stage . . . is still going on today.” But even though these topics are heavy, it was also enjoyable as a story and especially as a musical. The audience was engaged, involved and directly empathetic with the characters. “It was fun and entertaining,”

Bautista said after the play. “The songs were perfect dead on to the script. I would recommend that people go and see it,” she said. Telling the tale of teenagers on the road to self-discovery, “Spring Awakening” is a show for everyone who ever travelled down that road, but certainly not for children. The show demonstrated some heart-felt moments of love and friendships and portrayed the real complexities of relationships especially at such a delicate time of life.

RCC choirs start fall concert series on a high note Yasmeen Salama Inscape Editor Picture a church, with high vaulted ceilings, nothing on the white-washed walls, a stage at the front of two rows of pews, and a long aisle leading up to the stage. The final picture looks, well, like any other church really. Perhaps a church building is nothing particularly special to look at but when it comes to capturing sound, there is no better place to perform choir music than at a church. Riverside City College’s Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, joined by Cal Baptist University’s Women’s Choir,

proved this at their fall season concert opener on Oct. 26. Hosted by First Congregational Church by the Mission Inn, the two schools demonstrated their harmonizing, rhythm, and vocal prowess, each individual choir earning their own standing ovation. California Baptist’s Women’s Choir opened the evening with a few spiritual songs and dazzled the audience in elegant blue gowns. They had a large number of singers by choir standards and some of the women did not all fit on the stage. They spread out to stand off to the sides of the pews in addition to filling the stage to capacity with five rows of singers.

Conducted by Dr. Philip Miller, the women gave a practically flawless performance, accompanied by base, piano, and drums for a few of the pieces, though a couple were sung completely a capella. The sound that all those soprano and alto voices produced resounded off the walls of the church to give a sort of surround sound effect. No microphones, no synthesizers, no technology at all, just the natural acoustics of the chamber. It was nice not to have to “experience technical difficulties” or hear the screeching of a microphone turned up too loud for the amp. The r es u lt w as jus t the

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voices of RCC: RCC’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of John Byun prepare for a promising fall season after their performance opening performance.

pure sound of human voices, unfiltered, and unaltered, filling the chamber. RCC’s Concert Choir continued where the California Baptist’s Women’s Choir left off, under conductor Rebecca Tomlinson’s careful direction. As angelic as an all women’s choir can sound, it was nice to hear the addition of the deeper male voices. Though the RCC choir was smaller, their sound was no less wholesome and no less engaging for the audience. The selection of songs they sang were all in Latin, including an arrangement of the famous composer Antonin Dvorak’s “Gloria from Mass in D.” And there does just seem to be something about Latin that lends itself well to the vocalizations of choirs, especially for the slower melodies. The choirs’ pronunciation of English lyrics often sounded harsh, especially when compared to the fluidity of the Latin songs’ lyrics. Both RCC choirs sang almost exclusively in Latin. But RCC’s Chamber Singers showed that German can be equally as mesmerizing. Conductor John Byun, who has conducted choirs at RCC for the last seven years and counting, set the audience up with a rather depressing story of a city going up in flames and destruction surrounding a particular character

before his chamber singers began. The German ballad “Der Feuerreiter” by Hugo Wolf, had a dark and depression melody. The chamber singers, feeling the emotion of the piece, sang so intensely that even though most of the audience likely didn’t speak German, the general feel of the song spoke of violence and destruction and eventually sweet death. It turns out that that’s precisely what happened by the end of the song. The next song they sang was one of the most beautiful melodies of the evening, “O Vos Omnes” written by Richard Burchard. Burchard wrote a piece for RCC’s Chamber Singers last year entitled “Ecce” that went over so well that Byun asked him to write another for this season. After only about seven weeks of practice, they pulled off a classy, professional sound, right up to the last number, a unique arrangement of “Alleluia.” The final number featured Anthony Hamilton singing solo. RCC’s Chamber Singers were preparing for a fall conference held in Colorado, which Byun said made RCC the first junior college to be accepted. RCC’s choirs opened the fall concert season with a beautiful performance that will continue into the winter season. Check rccchoir.com for further performance dates.


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Students cut from STEM Samuel Finch Staff Writer

Fog enshrouded the Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching/ Learning Center on the morning of Oct. 19 as students filed out of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics center through twin glass doors, picket signs in hand and voices raised. At first they numbered less than a dozen strong, but what they lacked in body they made up for with soul. Shouts of “Stop the Cuts” and “Bring STEM Back” rang out, echoing across concrete and brick. As time progressed, others stopped and joined. Adriana Curiel, one of the main organizers of the demonstration, strode through the throng with determination. “We need to bring a larger awareness to the population,” Curiel said as she handed fliers to those watching from the periphery. “We’re hoping to reach members in the community by reaching out and using news media.” Curiel has been a Riverside City College student for the past two years, though she has worked for the college for five years. “I started off working in the writing center and then I worked as an aide in the math lab,” she said. “Also I’ve worked with tutorial services as a tutor and for the CAP program as a student instructor for two years. Then I started working

in the STEM center shortly after it started having mentors.”

Up until the beginning of this semester, Curiel worked as a paid mentor. Then the STEM center was closed. “They didn’t even give us any notice,” she said. “They didn’t even let the faculty here at the school know that the STEM center was closing. It just closed. It was just gone.” “Working as a mentor was my only source of income,” she continued. “I paid my own rent, I don’t live at home with my parents like some students are fortunate enough to be able to do.” But this was not Curiel’s only concern. “I’m also a single parent,” she said. “I have a daughter that I support. I’ve worked here for five years and I’ve always supported myself and my daughter with that income.” Despite being effectively laid off, Curiel has continued to serve other students in need. “I’ve been working as a biology mentor since the beginning of the semester for free. I had a student come to me balling her eyes out because she went to tutorial services and they didn’t have a tutor for her,” Curiel said. “She went all over the campus looking for tutors and there are none. She told me, ‘I’m not going to be able to pass my class without your help.’ So I told her that I’d talk to her professor and see what I could do.” With so many individuals affected and so little response

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Outrage: Marques Dredd, center, protests cuts to the STEM center alongside fellow students in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching/ Learning Center on Oct. 19. from the administration, Curiel gathered former mentors and STEM students to a more vocal platform. “We don’t want it to be a dirty little secret anymore that the administration can hide,” she said. “We want it to come out in the open and questions to be raised by the rest of the students.” Standing atop the concrete steps nearby was Marques Dredd, an Air Force veteran who has been an RCC student along with his wife for the past two and half years after being medically retired. “My main purpose for going into the military was to get out and be an electrical engineer,” Dredd said. He has continued to pursue

this goal. “I’m a big fan of the STEM center and the math lab, because, obviously, as an engineer, math is a pretty big issue,” he said. “If you go up to the math lab right now, it’s ridiculous. There’s like two tutors and sometimes the tutors don’t specialize in what I’m doing.” “And then we heard that they closed the STEM center,” Dredd said. “I could understand if they had to close all of the STEM centers, if it was some issue with a grant or something, but it’s just our campus. We’re the main college and yet the Moreno Valley College and the Norco College STEM centers are still open.” Dredd reflected on the reasons

he enjoyed the STEM center so much. “The STEM center is really an opportunity for students to interact with other students,” he said. “They get their confidence up, they’re talking more, meeting people who are in the same field and learning about other fields.” “That’s what made it such an unfair thing to cut. The STEM center was working for a lot of people,” Dredd said. As the protests wound down, Dredd looked upon those remaining with hope. “I just wanted to be out here to do my part because that’s important. If you don’t do your part, nothing is going to change.”

A day in the life of Nick Bygon, student trustee of RCCD Charles Wagner Asst. features Editor

Riverside Community College District produces many students who hope to play a major role in shaping the world of tomorrow. One such student is Nick Bygon, student trustee of RCCD. Some of Bygon’s duties and responsibilities are to represent student’s interest to the board of trustees. “The position of the student trustee is really unique in some respects,” Bygon said of his current position. “You sit on the board of trustees which determines any district policies. “Whether it’s the creation of a new building to the way budgets are being allocated through certain programs, maybe travel overseas, so everything really comes before the board at some point,” he said. “As long as it’s over a certain threshold as far as monetary or just whether it’s an issue that needs to

be dealt with publicly in a board format,” he said. Students have shared governance through the board of trustees by having student representatives. B y g o n ’s p a r e n t s w e r e immigrants from India. They played a large role in shaping his world view and instilling a work ethic that keeps him challenging himself. “My parents really helped in a sort of unique way, although I kind of rebelled at one stage,” Bygon said. “My parents are immigrants, so I was raised in an immigrant family that was constantly in between opening different businesses.” “When my parents came to America, it was hard on them because of their educational level that didn’t allow for them the opportunity to enter into the larger upper areas of management in companies,” he said. “I was always really kind of acculturated into a family that

placed highly the sort of duties and responsibilities of the individual,” he said. But Bygon was not always an overachiever. He rebelled from the strict structure set by his parents during high school and following graduation. He took some time off from studies to travel with various rock bands. He decided to come back to college after getting a chance to work with politician Ralph Nader. Now Bygon aims for a career in politics. “I’m interested in creating a platform where I can inform more people to take charge of their own lives and get involved in the process of determining their own future,” he said. On the day of a board meeting, Bygon wakes up early to read the board book, which may contain over 200 pages, as thoroughly as possible to prepare. For a student like Bygon, this process of serving in an office as

demanding as the student trustee can get difficult when one has such a challenging academic schedule to juggle. “I have to try and reconcile all those things and just go to class, do well, and perform well, and then I generally have to travel to one of the three colleges for meetings,” Bygon said. Fellow honors student Nicholas Beckwith said the following about his peer. “Nick is a very ambitious person,” Beckwith said. “Very passionate about what he does. I am glad to have someone like him represent us.” Like Bygon’s fellow honors classmates, faculty members had nothing but high praise for him. “Nick has done outstanding

work for us in the honors program,” said Ron Yoshino, instructor of history. “A fine writer and articulate person. Our seminars would be the less without him.” Bygon has shown through his work and dedication that he is headed for success. “If you want to get involved in a board meeting you just have to attend,” Bygon said to those who may want to become more involved. “If you want to get more involved formally, you can join your student government, your local associated students, become a senator, or run for an executive cabinet. Then you can essentially work a more direct relationship with the board,” Bygon said.

Contact Nick Bygon, student trustee of RCCD, at nickbygon@gmail.com to express your thoughts, ideas and issues concerning RCC.


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Riverside digs deep to get the win RCC football holds off Santa Ana’s second half surge to remain undefeated

Matt Dziak Asst. sports editor

It was no walk in the park for the Riverside City College football team as it tried to extend its win streak to 16 games following a thrilling comeback victory over the Santa Ana Dons, 35-27, Oct. 29 at Wheelock Stadium. After jumping out to an early 24-0 second quarter lead, the Tigers (8-0) seemed to be in cruise control until they allowed Santa Ana to score 20 unanswered third quarter points and found themselves in an unfamiliar situation; they trailed for only the second time this season. After Dalton Livingston’s third interception, Santa Ana was able to score on a 26-yard reception from Joshua Webb, making the score 27-24, with the defense allowing 27 unanswered points. With the guidance of coach Craft and the rest of the coaching staff, the Tigers are able to improve and emerge from the most trying of times. “We practice these situations every practice and we had to just focus and have confidence in our players and abilities,” said running back Andre Hunt. The momentum swung back to the home Tigers after Markus

Smith returned a blocked point after kick to the end zone, scoring two points and cut the lead to 27-26. “That score brought our team together,” said Hunt. “Some of us were hanging our head but that play was the biggest play to unite this team for a victory.” Livingston was able to overcome his mistakes, connecting through the air on 29 of 43 passes for 258 yards and two scores. The Tigers offense remained strong gaining 452 total yards and running back Andre Hunt led the team with 92 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. The defense was out of character giving up 364 yards and surrendered several big plays resulting in Santa Ana scores. The team was also penalized an astounding 11 times costing the Tigers 95 yards, including a Sadale Foster punt return for a touchdown. However, the gritty group of defenders found their stride sacking the Santa Ana quarterbacks six times and shut down the Dons attack in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. The home fans found themselves running out of fingernails to bite on until the defense stopped the Dons

on a fourth and twelve resulting in an incomplete pass with only 1:53 left. “We knew this was going to be a battle,” said safety Rashad Rainey. “We corrected our mistakes and assignments to keep us in the game and eventually get the victory.” With the turnover on downs, the Tigers were able to turn to Hunt to move the ball into Santa Ana territory, allowing Wesley Feer to kick a 45-yard field goal giving the Tigers an eight point lead that would remain. The last minute felt like an eternity as the team and fans held their breath with every Santa Ana hail mary pass attempt. The Tigers are 3-0 in the Central East Conference and have two games remaining before claiming a conference championship. The true character of this year’s team was tested unlike any other game, yet the Tigers rallied together and were able to achieve the most important thing, facing adversity they found a way to win. The Tigers will travel to Palm Desert to take on the College of the Desert, in what will be the ultimate road test to be one step closer to an undefeated season and a chance to play in a postseason bowl game.

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Fighting for Yards: En route to a 35-27 victory,

Dominique James breaks a would be tackle against Santa Ana College on Oct. 29, at Wheelock Stadium.

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Gearing up to defend the state title The RCC women’s water polo team is set to open up the postseason Oct. 3 vs. Santa Ana Javier Cabrera Editor in chief The 52-game winning streak is snapped but with one loss in the season, the Riverside City College women’s water polo team is looking to defend its state championship by opening the postseason against Santa Ana College Nov. 3 in the conference championship tournament. The streak was finally ended by Golden West College, RCC’s rival, Oct. 19. The match ended 7-6 in double overtime and Riverside was playing without Brooke Koralewski, who leads RCC with 57 goals in the regular season. Koralewski was serving a onegame suspension for her ejection in the previous match against Long Beach City College Oct. 14, which RCC won 10-2. “We were missing our best player in terms of offense, (Koralewski) leads us in scoring, assist and steals, it would have been nice to have her there,” said coach David Almquist. Revenge did not take long to come since Riverside took the chance to beat Golden West, 6-5, Oct. 22 at the Long Beach City College tournament. While on a side note, Riverside swept the tournament, defeating Cypress College 9-4, Chaffey College 10-7 and Orange Coast College 11-8. In the victory over Golden West College, Koralewski scored

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One goal for RCC: Brooke Koralewski (left), defender for Riverside City College, sets up to throw the ball into the net passed Lindsey Catron, goalkeeper of Fullerton College Sept. 28. RCC beat Fullerton College 9-5. four goals and had four steals. “It felt a lot better having her back,” said Jamison Mahar, forward for RCC. “It brought our spirits back up knowing we lost without her but (we) are going to win with her.”

Despite the only loss of the season, Almquist said the team never made a perfect season a goal but the team’s only goal is to repeat as the state champion. “It was a mixture of feelings,” Mahar said about the loss. “The

stress was off that we do not have to have a perfect season, but there was still sadness because we did want to have a perfect season.” “We wanted to be the first team in RCC history to have two seasons with no losses,” she said.

Riverside finished the season with a 24-1 overall record and a 5-1 Orange Empire Conference record. RCC is hosting the conference tournament which begins Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.

RCC finishes second in conference

RCC men’s cross country falls second to Orange Coast Javier Cabrera Editor in chief The goal was to repeat as the Orange Empire Conference champion but the Riverside City College men’s cross country team came short behind Orange Coast for the title Oct. 28 at Moreno Valley College. The conference title came down to the two colleges and Riverside had the edge favor heading into the meet but Orange Coast blew passed RCC with the five runners it had in the top 10. Orange Coast had five of its runners finish third, fourth, fifth,

sixth and seventh giving them an overall team finish of 21 minutes and 46 seconds. RCC had three of its runners finish in the top 10 including John Guzman, who finished second overall in the conference meet. Riverside’s team total was 21 minutes and 50 seconds, coming up seconds short of repeating as the conference’s champion. “I thought that we did OK,” said Jim McCarron, coach of RCC’s men’s cross country. “We had some guys struggle with injuries a bit but I think overall we did good.”

Despite finishing second Guzman was not satisfied with how he did in the meet. “I am not very happy with the time I finished with but we are just staying with our training and getting through the season,” he said. “(We are) just looking forward to the rest of the season.” “Everybody did good,” Guzman said. “It didn’t come out as we would have wished.” Although RCC did not win the conference title, the team will be competing in the Southern California championship meet Nov. 4 at Chaffey College.

Jarred Jackson / Staff Photographer

Trying to keep ahead: RCC’s John Guzman (left) finished second at the conference championship meet.


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Struggling through the season Glen Willett Staff Writer

Football

Volleyball

Men’s Soccer

Season Record Season Record 7-4 5-0 Conference: Conference: 2-6 3-0 Next game: Next game: Nov. 5 vs. Palm Desert Nov. 4 at Mission Viejo 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

Football

Season Record 2-2-1 Conference: 2-6 Next game: Nov. 4 vs Fullerton 3 p.m.

Vs. Palm Desert 6 p.m.

Nov. 12

Vs. Southwestern 6 p.m.

Season Record 2-2-1 Conference: 5-1-6 Next game: Nov. 4. vs Cypress 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 RCC 0 Irvine Valley 5

Oct. 12

RCC 9 Long Beach 4

RCC 0 Costa Mesa 2

Oct. 14

RCC 13 Cypress 4 RCC 9 American River 2

RCC 0 Santa Ana 5 Vs. Golden West 3 p.m.

Oct. 19

RCC 10 Long Beach 2

Vs. Fullerton 3 p.m.

Oct. 21

RCC 9 Cypress 4 RCC 10 Chabot 7

Vs. Cypress 3 p.m. At Orange 3 p.m.

RCC 8 Long Beach 5

Oct. 26

* All home matches are played at Norco College.

Women’s Soccer

Volleyball

Sept. 2

RCC 1 Santa Monica 0

RCC 3 Glendale 0

Sept. 7

RCC 0 Moorpark 2

RCC 3 Victoriville 2

Sept. 9

RCC 1 Mt. San Jacinto 0

Sept. 9

RCC 3 Walnut 0

Sept. 13

RCC 1 Fullerton 2

Sept. 14

RCC 0 Grossmont 3

Sept. 16

RCC 2 Victor Valley 2

Sept. 16

RCC 0 San Diego Mesa 3

Sept. 20

RCC 3 Golden West 1

RCC 3 Cerritos 0

Sept. 23

RCC 0 Saddleback 2

RCC 0 Palomar 3

Sept. 27

RCC 2 Santa Ana 1

RCC 3 Victor Valley 0

Sept. 30

RCC 1 Santiago Canyon 3

Sept. 23

RCC 3 Southwestern 0

Oct. 4

RCC 0 Cypress 4

Sept. 27

RCC 3 San Bernardino Valley 2

Oct. 7

RCC 3 Irvine Valley 1

Sept. 30

RCC 1 Golden West 3

Oct. 11

RCC 0 Orange Coast College 1

Oct. 5

RCC 0 Orange Coast College 3

Oct. 14

RCC 1 Fullerton 0

Oct. 7

RCC 1 Fullerton 3

Oct. 21

RCC 1 Golden West 3

Oct. 12

RCC 3 Saddleback 0

Oct. 25

RCC 1 Mission Viejo 2

Oct. 14

RCC 1 Cypress 3

Oct. 28

RCC 0 Santa Ana 0

Oct. 19

RCC 0 Irvine Valley 3

Nov. 1

Vs. Santiago Canyon 1 p.m.

Oct. 21

RCC 3 Santa Ana 0

Nov. 4

Vs. Cypress 1 p.m.

Oct. 26

RCC 0 Golden West 3

Nov. 8

At Irvine 3 p.m.

Oct. 28

RCC 0 Costa Mesa 3

Nov. 11

At Costa Mesa 3 p.m.

Nov. 2

Vs. Fullerton 6 p.m.

* All home matches are played at

Nov. 4

At Mission Viejo 6 p.m.

Norco College.

Nov. 9

Vs. Cypress 6 p.m.

Nov. 11

At Irvine 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

RCC 6 Golden West 4

Oct. 21

RCC 1 Cochise 1.

Sept. 17

Season Record 16-0 Conference: 4-1 Next Game Nov. 3 vs Santa Ana 10:15 am

RCC 3 Santiago Canyon 0

Aug. 29

Sept. 2

Season Record 6-17 Conference: 3-2 Next Game: Nov. 4 vs Santa Ana 10:15 am

Oct. 18

Sept. 10 RCC 53 San Barnardino Valley 6 Oct. 25 Sept. 17 RCC 73 Victorville City College 7 Oct. 28 Sept. 24 RCC 29 Mt. San Antonio 26 Nov. 1 Oct. 1 RCC 68 Chaffey College 14 Nov. 4 Oct. 8 RCC 38 Citrus College 24 Nov. 8 Oct. 15 RCC 61 Orange Coast College 17 Nov. 11 Oct. 22 RCC 44 Golden West 13 Oct. 29 RCC 35 Santa Ana 27 Nov. 5

Women’s Soccer Men’s Water Polo Women’s Water Polo

Women’s Water Polo Sept. 8-10

RCC 20 Sacramento 6

Sept. 14

RCC 19 Saddleback 5

Sept. 16

RCC 19 Sierra 2

Men’s Water Polo Sept. 14

RCC 20 Mission Viejo 9

Sept. 16

RCC 13 American River 12 RCC 14 Cuesta 18

Sept. 17

RCC 11 Diablo Valley 21 RCC 5 Los Angeles Valley 14

Sept. 21

RCC 20 Santa Ana 5

Sept. 28

RCC 20 Fullerton 6

Sept. 30

RCC 9 Fresno Pacific 13 RCC 7 Concordia University 17

Oct. 7-8

RCC 21 Palomar 16 RCC 9 Cerritos 8 RCC 8 LBC 11 RCC 9 Cuesta 12

Oct. 14

RCC 7 LBC 16

Oct. 19

RCC 13 Golden West 17

Oct. 21

RCC 7 Long Beach City 19

Cross Country Sept. 10

Fresno Invitational RCC Women’s 224 Men’s 168

Sept. 17

UCR Invitational RCC Women’s 364 Men’s 416

Sept. 23

Golden West Invitational RCC Women’s 177 Mens 73

Sept. 30

So Cal Preview Meet

Aug. 26

RCC 3 San Diego 1

Aug. 30

RCC 1 Chula Vista 2

Sept. 6

RCC 0 Whittier 1

Sept. 9

RCC 0 Palomar 0

RCC 12 San Diego Mesa 3

Sept. 13

RCC 3 El Cajon 3

Sept. 21

RCC 19 Santa Ana 0

Sept. 20

RCC 0 Chaffey 4

Sept. 28

RCC 9 Fullerton 5

Oct. 28

Sept. 27

RCC 1 Irvine Valley 1

Sept. 30

RCC 14 Foothill 3

Nov. 4

At Moreno Valley 10 a.m.

Sept. 30

RCC 2 Orange Coast College 1

RCC 18 Cuesta 5

Nov. 19

At Rancho Cucamonga 10 a.m.

RCC Women’s 264

RCC 12 Ventura 5 Sept. 17

RCC 10 Cerritos 1

Men’s 152 Oct. 14

After losing their last two conference matches without winning a game, the Riverside City College women’s volleyball team faces an uphill struggle if they hope to qualify for the regional playoffs. The Tigers, who entered conference play with a 7-4 record just a few weeks ago, have had a nightmarish run in the ultracompetitive Orange Empire Conference winning just two matches while losing seven. To make matters worse the only conference teams that the Tigers have beaten are the two that sit below them in the conference standings, Saddleback College and Santa Ana College. With just five games left on the schedule, Riverside would need to win out just to bring their conference record to .500 on the season. After beating Santa Ana on Oct. 21 in three straight games RCC looked like they were starting to turn things around just in time for their toughest part of the schedule, which would feature back-to-back road games against conference leaders Golden West College and Orange Coast College. The Tigers were overwhelmed by the Golden West Rustlers in their Oct. 26 game in Huntington Beach, scoring a season low six points in the first game. Golden West won the next two games, both by a score of 25-17, and improved to 13-3 on the season. RCC’s trip to Costa Mesa to face the Orange Coast College Pirates on Oct. 28 wasn’t much prettier as the Tigers ran into a one woman buzz saw in the form of OCC freshman Karlee Riggs. Riggs put on a show for the home crowd and showed why she is the front-runner for conference player of the year, registering 22 kills on the night. For comparison’s sake, the entire RCC team accumulated just 21 kills. OCC won the first game by a score of 25-12 and in the second game jumped out to a 24-15 lead over RCC, looking to put the Tigers in the rear view mirror. RCC was able to score the next six points however and cut OCC’s lead to just four; following a stellar defensive sequence when the RCC back line denied two solid kill opportunities for the Pirates. OCC won on the next point however, taking the game 25-21. In the third game the Tigers showed a lot of life and actually held the lead at one point for their first and only time of the evening. Despite losing the game 25-22 and the match in straight sets, RCC seemed to improve as the night went on. Despite the two losses and being in sixth place out of eight teams in the conference, all hope is not lost for the Tigers 2011 campaign. The Tigers will not have to face either of the top two conference teams (Golden West and Orange Coast) again until the playoffs and will get another shot at the two conference teams that they have beaten this season (Saddleback and Santa Ana). The Tigers may not even need to move up in the standings in order to qualify for the regional playoffs as the conference’s strength has been known to propel teams with less impressive records into the postseason. Just last season, Golden West gained entry into the postseason despite a record of 9-12 on the year; their conference finish, sixth place, right where RCC sits right now. The Tigers next home match is against the Cypress College Chargers on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.

Cal State San Marcos Invitational Womens 143 Mens 79

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Inscape

‘In Time’ makes every second count Stephanie Holland senior staff assistant

The rich control everything. They live in the best houses and have the most important jobs while the poor stay in ghettos where the price of living makes them live day-to-day. Though this may sound like a story from the nightly news, it is actually the plot to the new Justin Timberlake action movie “In Time.” In the year 2149, time is the new currency. The population stops aging at the age of 25, then is granted a year on a continuously running clock that appears on their arms. The rich are able to gather enough years to stay immortal, while the poor live for days or sometimes hours. Timberlake is Will Salas, a poor factory worker who never has more than a day or two on his clock. When he is given the gift of 100 years, he uses it to bring down the lopsided system. “In Time” is a beautifully made, fascinating story of class systems and scientific advancement. Timberlake excels as the hero and makes Will an instantly likeable character. As he progresses from blue collar factory worker to rebel criminal, Timberlake never loses

20th century fox

Borrowed ‘Time:’ Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried race against the clock in the sci-fi action film “In Time.” sight of who Will is, keeping him grounded every step of the way. Yo u n g a c t r e s s A m a n d a Seyfried is Will’s partner in crime Sylvia. As the daughter of the richest man in town, Sylvia strains against her father’s controlling nature and understands Will’s

desire to be more than the sum of her clock. The pair has easy chemistry that makes their characters instantaneous connection believable. The all-star cast includes Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer,

and Cillian Murphy. Director Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”) is known for telling ground-breaking stories and doesn’t disappoint here. The timely nature of a story about class differences doesn’t go unnoticed. As a matter of fact,

it makes the film that much more compelling. With a talented young cast starring and a fascinating storyteller at the helm, “In Time” is certainly the most interesting film of the year and just may be the most underrated as well.

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