This was the match that many anticipated for months—Fullerton College versus Riverside City College. Both had been top notch competitors in less intense matches, but the time had finally arrived to see who would be the football victor team between the two. Fullerton College looked in great shape as they dominated Riverside City College in a land slide victory in a title game Saturday the 25th of November. Riverside ranked number 2 with a 10-2 record but they were no match for the number 1 Fullerton Hornets.
Fullerton has often been lauded for supreme teamwork on the field. However, Fullerton’s offense played exceptionally amazing Saturday as they have played the last 12 games. This was the game they had been awaiting and the team definitely came to the field prepared. Given Fullerton’s victory, the team will be playing in the state title against the champions of the north on the 9th of December In Sacramento. This event is even more anticipated than their most recent match. The Fullerton Hornets haven’t lost a game all season going into the state title, and they stand a good chance of winning it again for the second time in a row.
Fullerton scored over 10 touchdowns and the Tigers didn’t score 3. It was clear that the Tigers were offended by Fullerton’s full force competitiveness. The disappointment perhaps seeped into their confidence in the game. However, Fullerton’s coach Tim Byrnes was very happy with his boys. He spoke well of their skills and was proud of them. Fullerton’s offense reached over 700 yards in their display of offensive power. Fullerton crushed the competition with the quarterbacks Ladarius Skelton and Johnny Feauto scoring 2 touchdowns a piece! Gerald Hulett the running back rushed for nearly 200 yards, adding 3 touchdowns of his own.
Not only did Fullerton show superb offense plays, but on the defensive end, the Fullerton Hornets were there defending their title. Taj Jones added a touchdown after an interception. Two fumbles of the three they caused turned into touchdowns and the defense gained 8 sacks. Watching this game was intense because there were so many surprise, victorious plays. Defense is a big part of winning. Fullerton was clearly prepared to play exceptionally both offensively and defensively. Coach Byrnes expressed his appreciation for the defense of the Hornets. Amazed at their “A” game that leads to victory every time.
This title match between the Hornets and the Tigers in California has happened before. Last year the two matched up for the same title and the Tigers lost 45-29. This year the Hornets left the Tigers in the dust as they finished them off with the score of 75-16. The scores are perhaps an embarrassment to the Tigers, but to make it to this level of the competition is a victory for both teams. It appears as if the Hornets put in some additional practice and studied their opponents well. In any event, such an intense match has created more followers of the Fullerton Hornets and has perhaps inspired Riverside Tigers to play even harder next year. We look forward to seeing if the Fullerton Hornets will hold the upcoming state title.
We’ve all heard about Black Friday—after families are finished stuffing their faces from Thanksgiving feasts, they then go out into the night to gain the best sales on items for Christmas. We’ve even heard to the explosion of Cyber Monday in which people can do online shopping for relatively cheap prices, and since the internet has become an even more popular, norm, there is often an anticipated slowness of the internet on this day because everyone is trying to catch a deal. But Black Saturday is spoken of less, and Riverside County has quite the sale—that sale is on pets, of course.
Pets who would often cost an adoption fee are now in a position to be chosen by a loving family at no cost at all as a part of Black Saturday. Three animal shelters tied to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services will open up the possibilities of owning a pet at no cost. The intention is to allow pets to feel the warmth of a loving home during the holiday season and for a lifetime.
The theme for this year’s sale is “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” which can sound a bit unsettling. Placing living being in the consumer market (whether free or not) can appear a bit amoral; however, numerous successes have been seen throughout each year of the sale. Clearly, many people want to care for pets but may not have the initial adoption funds. The only main cost adopters must consider is the $17 dog license, if that is the pet they choose to own. This is the type of sale that could really change the living conditions of pets around the world if they picked up on some tips from Riverside County animal shelters.
This sale is opens up many possibilities for families and pets. During the holiday season, pets don’t necessarily have to remain in cages in hopes that someone can afford to take care of them. Additionally, there are many families that could use the cheer of a pet in their homes. Instead of focusing so much energy and funds on expensive video games, clothes, or computers, families can make a long term investment in a pet without paying money upfront. This is a friendlier view of placing animals in the same “for sale” box as inanimate objects.
One this is for sure: Riverside County is making amazing moves as it regards providing cost conservative options to consumers. Currently there are three animal shelters that are participating in this sale. The animal shelters are open between 11am and 5pm and the different locations include Coachella Valley Campus, San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, and Western Riverside County Animal Shelter. In addition to adoption fees being waved, vaccination and neutering fees are also waved. What a convenient opportunity for families seeking to add an addition to their families. Hopefully the homes these pets find themselves in are as loving as the initial effort to take the pets into one’s home.
Black Friday is often an anticipated event, but this year it has also been great for home buyers. Around this holiday time, housing prices are dropping. However, by the time December rolls around, the price of houses often increases once more which can lead to a major disappointment for potential home buyers. In neighboring Orange County, December is the worst month to buy a home. In August, price cuts are more prominent. The spring time is also a good time for home owners to buy property. However given the spike in home owner prices in December, Black Friday is a major event because it marks the last month in which potential home owners have the opportunity to buy houses at an affordable price.
Given these home buying trends, Black Friday for home buyers is a major advancement for many residents in Riverside County largely because the income of residents has declined tremendously, making it nearly impossible to afford homes at their regular prices. Only 38 percent of the Riverside County population has been noted to be able to afford a home which is a downslide from the previous year. Including real estate in the pool of purchasing options that are discounted could change the ways in which the housing market functions. There can be an expectation to sell houses with those guaranteed discounts versus dealing with the reality that many people simply do not make enough money to purchase the home of their dreams. After all, it appears wasteful for property to remain unoccupied at exorbitant prices that people in need of homes cannot afford.
Riverside County faces many issues in terms of potential home buyers not meeting the salary requirements needed in order to afford houses in the $300,000 range. Between Riverside County and St. Bernardino exists a $100,000 gap in the price of houses. Not surprisingly, prices for lower range houses are growing at a higher rate, 10.7 percent in order to meet the salary averages of the residents. However, even with more seemingly affordable housing, it is still difficult for many residents to switch from renters to home owners who can afford the homes in the lower price range. It is also unclear as to what substantiates housing price spikes which are inevitable once certain months/seasons have passed, especially considering residents can barely afford the lower prices.
In Riverside County, it has taken two addition days to close on a house in August compared to July. However, major improvements are being made because compared to the previous year in August, it is taking nearly half that time to close on a house. Those major improvement may be marked by strategic market sales and discounts especially since it is clear that homeowners are likely to make a housing purchase in August. San Bernardino houses spent an average of 24 days on the market in August, up one day from July but down from 38 days in August, 2016.
Paying for college can be a major headache. Many people are deterred from the possibility just based on numerous reports of people in lifelong debt. Debt is not appealing nor is it something to easily ignore. Many students enter college with optimism regarding their capacity to pay off their loans based on the high-paying job they should receive post-graduation. However, recent studies have shown that the salaries of students who attend college is not commensurate with the amount of money invested in their education. This is where UC Riverside comes into play—our very own university offers the best financial aid plan in the nation. This is a major achievement and it may lead many others to consider traveling to our part of town to receive a quality education and at a considerate price.
There are several Universities of California throughout the state. Sometimes UC Riverside doesn’t get its fair shine, but knowledge of our campus providing the best financial aid package should make our university appear more appealing. The quality of financial aid packages is calculated based on the assortment of offerings: work-study, grants, and student loans. We can assume that more grant and work-study offerings helped to raise UC Riverside’s rankings because the goal is to obtain a degree without tons of debt.
UC Riverside has made such phenomenal financial strides as it pertains to providing students with a quality education at an affordable rate, that the University even made the Top 30 list for Times’ money magazine. Time Magazine weighted a number of factors into their decision of placing UC Riverside on their list. They considered the graduation rate of students at the university in addition to the school’s overall financial wellness. Additionally, the top tier magazine considered the average number of years it takes for students to graduate and the percentage of full-time students.
UC Riverside is also making a major impact as it regards graduation rates of African American students. Typically a vulnerable population when in college, African American students find it easier to glide through the demands of college at UC Riverside, which further insinuates that a financially healthy college can lead to the success of many students. UC Riverside’s statistics show that whites and the various other races to that attend its school have similar graduation rates which is not always common at other schools. In fact, UC Riverside recently ranked the highest in terms of consistent college graduation success throughout multiple, consecutive years.
Even the students at UC Riverside don’t shy away from contributing their success to the financial aid packages they have received. The generosity of the university attracts more students who may initially be in a vulnerable position when attempting to thrive in college. Given the fact that finances often don’t post a huge concern for students attending this institution, students are able to focus more on their academics. The generosity of UC Riverside is changing the ways in which higher education is perceived and making a way for all people to gain access to a quality education. This is something Riverside County can certainly be proud of!