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New bill will require ethnic studies education for high school students

Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill 101 on Oct. 5, which consists of requiring a one-semester ethnic studies class as a condition to earn a high school diploma. This bill applies to all secondary school learning institutions in the state of California, including charter schools. Assemblymember Jose Medina of California’s 61st district, which includes Riverside, […]

Claire Grimes | Banner | Biden included fire threats among the list of contibuting factors of unclean water in the Southwest in his Climate Change and Environmental Justice Plan.

Biden’s new $1.75 trillion spending plan targets climate crisis, economic issues

President Joe Biden revealed his $1.75 trillion spending bill on Oct. 28. In his announcement, Biden underlined that this spending bill is historic and will help improve national issues such as education funding, physical infrastructure and public works. The bill also addresses international issues such as climate change. “It’s a framework that will create millions […]

David de Jesus | Banner | A sign within the lobby lets guests who will be staying at the historical hotel know that lights are being put up to brighten the atmosphere around Mission Inn.

Festival of Lights adapts to COVID-19

The Mission Inn’s annual Festival of Lights event will occur this year from Nov. 26 to Jan. 6. However, due to COVID-19 and county mandates some normal components of the event will be modified. According to a press release from Riverside County, the event will largely mirror the format for the adapted Festival of Lights […]

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New soccer facility under construction

California Baptist University is unveiling a new soccer facility in fall 2022 to house the men’s and women’s soccer teams as they move up to NCAA Division-I.  Coe Michaelson, head coach for the men’s soccer team, spoke about some of the features the new facility will offer. He emphasized the professionality of elements planned in […]

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Artist highlight: Juniper Park performs at CBU

SoCal-based indie band Juniper Park performed for the first event of TWIRP week on Sept. 20, garnering new fans from the California Baptist University student body. The five-member band consists of Nolan Seeger as lead vocalist, Rylan Scott on bass, Elijah John on guitar, Oscar Flynt on drums and Chandler James on rhythm. Although Seeger, […]

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John W. North Teacher On Leave after Mocking Native American Culture

A tap through many Instagram stories this past week in the Riverside area had a similar theme. They displayed a thumbnail of a math teacher, Candace Reed, dressed in a costume headdress, frozen mid-dance in her classroom at John W. North High School. Tap into the video and the teacher begins chanting “SOHCAHTOA,” a mnemonic […]