Staff writer attends Oakland A’s game with COVID protocols

Despite still being in a global pandemic, the Texas Rangers hosted their home opener on April 5 with a sell-out crowd of 38,238 people. This is the first full capacity sporting event during the COVID-19 pandemic, with other Major League Baseball teams having limited numbers of fans in attendance. One of those teams with limited capacity is the Oakland Athletics and I was able to attend a game on April 4 with COVID protocols and limited capacity of fans. To begin with, you could purchase yo

Inside the upcoming fall schedule

After some time of planning, the Los Rios School District has announced that the upcoming fall 2021 semester will be a hybrid schedule, which will allow some classes to be on-ground. The classes that will be able to be on campus for the fall semester include classes that are impossible to convert into remote operations, with the possibility of science labs also being on-ground. “It’s a signal that we’re pivoting from our primary online delivery. What we did in the fall 2020 semester was we h

New contactless lockers bring new benefits for students

Checking out books and obtaining textbooks at Cosumnes River College can now be accessed through special lockers where students can pick up items without coming into contact with anyone. The library has implemented these lockers in partnership with Luxer One, which has been in the locker delivery business for 15 years, according to the Luxer One website. “The lockers allow us to do a contact-free delivery of materials from the library’s collection because we’re not able to access the physica

A plea to bring back sports

While scrolling through Twitter, I came across a high school teammate’s tweet showing his media day picture for a Division I baseball program in Louisiana with a caption saying they’re seven days away from opening day. Although it’s a different state and a Division I program that has more funding to keep players safer than those at a junior college level, it doesn’t change the fact that while they’re on the field, I’ll be sitting at home awaiting a decision whether we are going to play this ye

Reopening committee discusses early steps to return to campus

With campus shut down since March, Cosumnes River College, along with the other Los Rios community colleges, is working on a plan to return to campus for the fall semester. All Los Rios schools have formed a reopening committee as a part of the effort to bring classes back on campus. Theresa Tena, Vice President of Administrative Services, is a part of the reopening committee and she said during the early parts of this process, the committee wanted to hear the concerns of both staff and stud

Netflix’s “Selena: The Series” is lackluster but still has its positives

On Friday, Netflix released “Selena: The Series” which revolves around the early beginnings of the late Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music whose life was cut short in 1995. The most difficult obstacle for this series to get past as for the approval of the public is the many comparisons this series is getting to “Selena: The Movie” which released in 1997 and has generally been well received by viewers. What much of the public is failing to realize, is that this series is not suppos

Spotify’s most-streamed artist globally deserves more praise

Spotify released its 2020 Wrapped on Monday, their annual year in review, and at the top of the U.S most-streamed lists are familiar names, yet there’s one artist that tops them all on the global stage, Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican artist, who is at the top of every category as far as Latin charts go, beats out household names in the U.S such as Drake, Juice WRLD and The Weeknd for the top artists globally, as well as top streamed albums globally for his album “YHLQMDLG”. Benito Antonio Ocasi

Thank you, Maradona

Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60. Maradona had recently undergone successful surgery on a brain blood clot in early November and was recovering at home until he suffered a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To those around the world where soccer is much more popular, Maradona is a household name, but to the casual American sports fan, who is Maradona? “El Diego” was simply one of the best

Youth voters set historic highs during the 2020 Presidential Election

During the 2020 Presidential Election, of those eligible to vote between the ages 18-29, 52-55% voted, according to data based on votes counted as of Wednesday from The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement which is a research center on youth civic engagement. This is a jump in youth voter turnout compared to past presidential elections, as in 2016 there was a 45-48% of youth voter turnout for those who were eligible to vote 18-29, according to CIRCLE. With youth

Congrats, Dodgers

In a gritty six game set between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers brought home the trophy for the first time since 1988, winning Game 6 by a final score of 3-1 on Tuesday. The Dodgers winning the World Series cemented an already happy LA fanbase, as the LA Lakers respectfully won their championship on Oct. 11. The last time both the Lakers and Dodgers won a championship in the same year happens to be 1988, the last time the Dodgers hoisted the trophy. Dodgers right

MLB playoff preview

With October approaching, Major League Baseball fans know that postseason baseball is on the horizon after a late start to this shortened season, which meant every game mattered. In a year where fans saw a shortened 60-game season compared to 162, multiple rule changes like the designated hitter being implemented into the National League and an expanded playoff format where 16 teams are able to clinch a playoff berth instead of 10 will definitely create excitement going into this postseason.

Campus hosts virtual transfer week

Virtual Transfer Week at Cosumnes River College kicks off this week and continues through Thursday, and will allow students to learn about more than 50 transferable universities, according to the CRC website. These four days will consist of different universities, with the first day which was dedicated to Sacramento State University, day two for independent or private universities, University of California day on day three, and lastly California State University day. “There are so many movin

Online learning resources available for fall semester

As a result of classes this fall semester continuing to be online due to COVID-19, the Los Rios District will continue to provide different resources for students to use while at home. During the sudden transition to online classes in the spring 2020 semester, the district was able to provide resources such as high-speed internet, Chromebooks, resources provided by the CRC library and equipment for specific classes. “We have a large student population that is challenged socio-economically, m

Adjusting to COVID-19 as an athlete

When the campus shut down in March due to COVID-19, college athletes were told that spring sports were going to be suspended, but we didn’t realize our lives were about to change. My name is Alejandro Barron. I’m a staff writer for The Connection, as well as a student-athlete at Cosumnes River College who was a part of the baseball team during the 2020 spring season. When the team was told the season was going to be put on pause, we were told it was going to be temporary, with the chance of

Students photographs are chosen for an exhibit at Crocker Art

Eleven students, including Nicholas Radke and Tim Dimal, received awards for their work. Their photos were chosen for an exhibition entitled “Voices: Speaking with your Photographic Eye.” This image was taken by Timothy Dimal who titled this “Leaky.” A select amount of photography students at Cosumnes River College had their work displayed at the Crocker Art Museum and one of these students received an honorable mention from the museum for his work. The student who received an honorable mentio

Students are offered the option of excused withdrawals and more

With the transition to online classes, the Los Rios Community College District has decided to partially-refund student fees, give students the option of excused withdrawals from classes and offer students a pass/no grading option for all their classes. Associate Vice Chancellor Gabe Ross said he understands that this is a difficult time for students, and that led the district to make these decisions to add some flexibility. “We’re doing everything we can to support our students, be as flexible

Online tutoring now available to students during campus closure

Tutoring can be crucial for a student when in need of assistance in a class and even with the transition to online classes, students can still receive tutoring. Instructional assistant for math tutoring, Pedro Rubalcava, knew that this transition was going to be difficult but has seen positive results from students when they are being tutored. “I was really concerned because one of the things about tutoring is, especially the way I like to do it, is specific personal interaction with people wh

Professors share time management tips for students during closure

During this transition to online classes, students are looking for a way to adjust to this and finding a way to manage their time well to ensure their success in their classes. For many students that went from face-to-face meetings for class, to now suddenly transitioning to online classes, one of the most important things during this transition is being able to relax. “I’m a big proponent of meditation and getting yourself to a place where you are allowing yourself to relax,” said Athletic Co

Measure E could improve Los Rios Colleges with facility upgrades

During the March 3 election, voters will decide on Measure E, a legislative bill that would bring $650 million of locally controlled funds to the schools in the Los Rios Community College District. The objective of Measure E is for the funds to go towards improving campus facilities, in order to ensure student success in the future. “Our goal, not only with Measure E, but any time we upgrade our facilities, is to increase student success,” said Public Information Officer Kristie West at Cosumn

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