Riverside City College basketball host tip-off luncheon

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Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 | Written by Laura Tapia

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Interim athletic director Jim Wooldridge and the Riverside City College basketball team’s hosted the inaugural Tiger Tip-off Luncheon on Oct. 29.

The luncheon was held in order to introduce this year’s members of the basketball programs and the college’s interim athletic director to RCC’s faculty and staff.

Wooldridge stated that while discussing ways of connecting the programs to people on the campus like students, faculty and community members with women’s basketball coach Alicia Berber and men’s basketball coach Philip Mathews, they came up with the concept of the luncheon.

While attendees were entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes like RCC basketball shirts, what they took from the luncheon was much greater.

Inspirational speeches by RCC sports hall of famers Sam D. Knight and Mike Barnes, ignited the crowd and players alike.

Barnes, a…

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VIDEO: Giving fried frog legs a try

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Members of the Riverside City College Viewpoints staff tried fried frog legs at the 2015 LA County Fair. Check out what they think of the fair’s unique treat.

Alexis’ Review

Fried frog legs aren’t my thing. My first bite into the tiny, overpriced fried amphibian limb wasn’t too bad, but the more I ate the more I realized that they tasted very similar to the smell of frogs. Which, to me, is not very appetizing. The taste was a perfect mixture of chicken and fish and although I am a fan of both, this meat did not appeal to me at all. I could see why someone who enjoys salty, veiny meat would enjoy this rare delicacy but I will stick to the classic chicken strip.

Laura’s Review

The fair is known for its exotic foods by many visitors, however not all are courageous enough to try a fried frog…

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Getting to know Tori Mitchell

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Published: May 28, 2015 | Posted: May 29, 2015 | Written by Alexis Naucler

Tori Mitchell, Riverside City College women’s basketball center forward, has been shooting hoops since she was about six or seven. Mitchell was introduced to the sport by her parents and grew up around it her whole life.

“My dad grew up around the sport so I followed after him and it’s basically a family sport,” Mitchell said.

Before attending RCC, Mitchell played center for Florida A&M University in the Fall of 2013. When asked if she preferred RCC or Florida A&M, she chose RCC, saying being home really benefited her.

“When I transferred in from Florida I really didn’t play a lot so my goal was to get in shape, do what I need to do and able to become successful,” Mitchell said.

At the beginning of this season, Mitchell’s goal was to “stay afloat” and had never…

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When community colleges should say ‘No’

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Written by: Alexis Naucler

Community colleges are know for admitting nearly everyone who sends in an application. But when should these colleges be able to say no? According to Educational Code section 76020, California community colleges can “exclude students of filthy or vicious habits, or students suffering from contagious or infectious diseases.” It can be easy for schools to find their way around such a vague, undefined law.

Those “filthy or vicious habits” can range from robbing a store to committing murder. A clear, defined law needs to be made to determine what these habits include. Those who have committed crimes, such as rape, weapon violence, theft, homicide, or possession of illegal substances, within six months of applying for admission should be excluded to keep the campus, students, and employees safe.

“There are things that people do that could be considered shocking, something heinous, and in those instances the colleges has…

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Gun laws with loopholes

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How did Dylann Roof get the gun he used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina? He simply purchased it from a store in West Columbia after an FBI examiner conducting his background check failed to receive a police report of Roof illegally possessing drugs.

Although Chris Harper-Mercer, the man who shot and killed nine people at Umpqua Community College, acquired his guns legally through a federally licensed firearms dealer or family members, Harper-Mercer had mental health issues and shouldn’t have been able to purchase guns in the first place.

These are only a few of the instances in which loose gun laws result in the injuries and deaths of many innocent people. Something needs to change with gun laws in the United States. Although it is one’s constitutional right to possess firearms, California’s laws regarding who can and cannot purchase…

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Sign the bill, Jerry Brown!

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Any sexual assault committed by a student that occurs on the Riverside Community College District property is against district policies and is subject to punishment. What about the incidents of sexual assault that happen off district property?

RCCD should be able to discipline a student for assault off district property. Enabling community colleges to punish off-campus crimes could keep a campus such as RCC safer by not allowing those who have committed these crimes on the campus, and therefore decreasing their access to members of the campus. Community colleges being able to discipline students for acts of sexual assault outside of the campus boundaries would also keep the community safer. All students should be able to attend classes in an environment where they feel safe and respected.

The California education code prevents community colleges from disciplining students who commit crimes off-campus and unrelated to the district. According to education code…

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