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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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A graduate waves from the sunroof of her vehicle for the first ever Car-mencement on May 28, 2021. Cars lined up in lot 10 before driving along the celebratory track.

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A graduate waves from the sunroof of her vehicle for the first ever Car-mencement on May 28, 2021. Cars lined up in lot 10 before driving along the celebratory track.

 Nursing major Veronica Samson visits the designated photo area for graduates. She works full time and will pursue her BSN at Cal State Dominguez.

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Nursing major Veronica Samson visits the designated photo area for graduates. She works full time and will pursue her BSN at Cal State Dominguez.

Auto tech major Greg Soto was joined by his family. Soto plans to use his degree to advance in his career.

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Auto tech major Greg Soto was joined by his family. Soto plans to use his degree to advance in his career.

Cerritos College graduating class of 2021 celebrated their achievements with a socially-distance commencement ceremony on May 28, 2021. Many students decorated their cars with streamers and stickers.

Cerritos College ‘CAR-MENCEMENT’ drive-thru celebrates the 2021 graduating class

May 31, 2021
For the first time in the college’s history, volunteers, staff and faculty members waved off the graduating class of 2021 in a drive-thru commencement ceremony.
Interview with Jeremy Ramos and Jose Hernandez

Interview with Jeremy Ramos and Jose Hernandez

May 19, 2021
Jeremy Ramos and Jose Hernandez, both members of the ASCC senate, talk about what they've taken away from the pandemic.
College students have spent more than a year online in remote learning. Talon Marks reported that starting Aug. 2, offices will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, for at least eight hours a day. Photo credit: Charles DeLoye Unsplash

How will community college students bounce back from remote learning?

May 17, 2021
Students reflect on their experiences, shifted perspectives and new beginnings after more than a year in quarantine.
Biden wants to tighten restrictions on law abiding gun owners. Too bad the constitution stops him from infringing on second amendment rights any further. Photo credit: Jack ORourke Unplash.com

Gun lives matter: Stop the gun violence, give Americans more guns

May 13, 2021
Give me guns, or give me death- because we’re all going to die anyway. Americans should live and die with dignity, with their guns in their hands.
Huntington Beach Police sit on horseback during a protest on April 11. They arrested several protesters on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Community engagement and de-escalation can prevent police killings

May 6, 2021
Police must utilize their non-lethal options at every opportunity before taking a person's life. Using words and de-escalating a situation is key to saving lives.
Rudolph Randy Johnstone (left), Derek Johnstone (right), and Jason Sullivan (middle) stand in front of their new fermenters at La Jara Brewing Co. They hope to begin brewing and open by Summer 2021. Photo credit: Courtesy of Derek Johnstone

La Jara Brewing Company, the small business built on locally crafted beer, is hoping to open by the Summer

April 27, 2021
La Jara Brewing Company hopes to open by the summer of 2021 and serve its locally crated beer.
Immigration at the southern border is at its highest in 15 years. The federal government needs to make substantial changes in border policies that ends the need for concentration camps.

Close the camps, create a path to citizenship

April 15, 2021
Long Beach's new detention center for migrant children only addresses a symptom of a much bigger problem.
“We understand inclusivity in its largest part. In reference to Abraham in Sara’s tent, our tent is really open in many many ways,” Rabbi Eger said. The webinar was held in the afternoon on Tuesday April 6, 2021.

Faith leaders and Cerritos College chief of police discuss faith and the LGBTQ+ community

April 13, 2021
Faith leaders preach acceptance and belonging to counter the same community that frequently targets LGBTQ+ people.
Starting Aug. 2, offices will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, for at least eight hours a day. Fierro then said that by the end of April, the college will work with department chairs to determine which courses will remain online and which will begin in person instruction to meet the 50% threshold.

Cerritos College will open at 50% capacity in fall, superintendent says

April 6, 2021
An email sent out to Cerritos College faculty announced that the new rules for LA County will allow the campus to resume in-person instruction in the fall 2021 semester.
LAPD officers block each intersection of Echo Park Lake on March 25, 2021. They prevented any civilians from entering the park and blocked the unhoused from their belongings.

First three days of unrest at Echo Park Lake

March 26, 2021

LAPD erected a fence around Echo Park Lake’s perimeter after an evening of confrontations between police and protestors resisting the city’s attempt to evict unhoused people from the park on March...

Republicans in Georgia are restricting early voting on weekends in their latest attack on voters rights. Theyre leading efforts to change election rules in Arizona and Georgia, both went blue in 2020. Photo credit: Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

H.R. 1 needs to pass the senate, even if it costs Dems the filibuster

March 11, 2021
H.R. 1 is the largest voting rights bill since the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and while it faces tough opposition in the senate, it's crucial that it pushes through.
The film, which was streamed via zoom on Feb. 16, 2021, delves into the consequences of a convoluted loophole buried in the constitution. In the very same amendment that bars the institution of slavery in the United States, there lies a sinister exemption that excludes those convicted of crimes from the freedoms promised in this republic.

Let’s Talk Series: Ava DuVernay’s “13th” leads to discussion on racial inequalities and disparities in the U.S.

February 18, 2021
Students engaged in a discussion on the 13th amendment, its consequences for the Black community and its future in the United States.
A Cal State LA class is taking their outrage to social media platforms after a fellow student allegedly exposed group chats that facilitated homework and answer sharing. Photo credit: unsplash.com

CSULA students in uproar when peer exposes homework sharing group chats

February 11, 2021

Just past midnight on Thursday morning, the #CSULA hashtag is written on scores of tweets containing memes and outrage at the actions of one alleged student informant who exposed homework and test sharing...

A Cal State LA class is taking their outrage to social media platforms after a fellow student allegedly exposed group chats that facilitated homework and answer sharing.

CSULA professor says it was not him failing students in homework sharing group chats

February 11, 2021
A Cal State LA class is taking their outrage to social media platforms after a fellow student allegedly exposed group chats that facilitated homework and answer sharing.
Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported 26 total cases. The president weighed a soft opening in the Fall 2021 semester.

Cerritos College reports nine additional COVID-19 cases in 2021

February 10, 2021
The winter season sees a significant increase in reported monthly cases at Cerritos College.
Online learning must continue until schools have the resources to reopen safely. Screening and PPE are amongst essential items. Photo credit: unsplash.com

Biden’s education plan looks great, but actions speak louder than words

January 28, 2021
Biden's proposal for a $130 billion package for schools needs to be passed ASAP, because students and families can't afford to wait much longer.
Womens soccer players came forward after Ash Webb publicly shared her experiences on social media. The investigation was announced closed on Jan. 20, 2021.

Women’s soccer sexual harassment investigation ‘sustained’ some allegations

January 23, 2021
Administrators say the investigation found some of the allegations sustained, but further details have not yet been released.
Luigi Vernola was the former mayor of Norwalk, councilmember and philanthropist who died of coronavirus complications on Jan. 1. Many family and friends remember him as a kind and charitable man.

Former Norwalk Mayor Luigi Vernola dies of COVID-19 at 76

January 5, 2021
The City of Norwalk lost a philanthropist and prominent community figure on New Year’s Day. Vernola was known for his community service and term as city mayor.
Campus police congregate on the north side of campus by the liberal arts building on Dec. 5, 2020. The college reported ten cases in the month of December.

Cerritos College reports 10 more COVID-19 cases in December

December 24, 2020
Cerritos College students received an email Wednesday morning confirming the 18th COVID-19 case on campus since closing classes in March.
Protesters chant at a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Los Angeles City Hall on June 10, 2020. It was one of hundreds of protests organized by civil rights group Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

Reflecting on the year that will continue to change the US for decades to come

December 15, 2020

Halfway through the final month of 2020, but for most of the world this year just can’t end soon enough. It wasn’t long before many on social media called it a cursed year, and it only seemed to slide...

Trustee Johnny Wallace chats from his home office on Dec. 6, 2020. He said skateboarding and his faith has carried him through this semester.

Catching up with Student Trustee Johnny Wallace

December 11, 2020

Since the campus closed in March, Cerritos College students have attended lectures, meetings and even their own graduations from their makeshift home offices, some on their kitchen tables, others in ....

The first stay-at-home order in March closed schools statewide, which was the start of the wildly unpopular remote learning.

SoCal lockdowns reinstated on Sunday night

December 8, 2020

The rapidly growing wave of COVID-19 put two of the five regions in California, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, under sweeping lockdowns for the second time as part of a government mandated...

COVID-19 cases hit record highs on Dec. 3 with 7,713 new cases. The state is expected to implement new stay-at-home orders as a vaccine is still underway. Photo credit: unsplash

Let’s not make the same mistakes for this second wave of COVID-19

December 3, 2020
COVID-19 cases are spiking in California as the state approaches a new set of restrictions to prevent more hospitalizations.
Cerritos College first closed in-person instruction in March and will remain mostly online for the Spring 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Cerritos reports nine COVID-19 cases since March

December 3, 2020

Last edited Dec. 4, 6:24 p.m. As Fall classes move into their final weeks, the Cerritos College has reported a total of nine cases of COVID-19 between Mar. 27 and Nov. 17. Seven of the cases were employees,...

The winning design for Cerritos Colleges new logo. It was presented before the Board of Trustees on  Nov. 18.

Board of Trustees reveals new Cerritos College logo

November 21, 2020

For the first time in 16 years, Cerritos College will adopt a new design for its official logo and retire the one that has represented the school since 2004. Implementation will follow a logo and branding...

Culinary arts major Franceema Kamidi hosted a presentation on Congo culture on Wednesday Nov. 18 for International Education Week Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

Students host a celebration of Indian and Congolese culture

November 21, 2020

“This was a Congolese dance I did for my final last year,” said Franceema Kamidi who was showing a video of a traditional dance she performed for a dance course at Cerritos. Kamidi, a Cerritos...

Crowds surrounded the White House on Saturday Nov. 7 while President Trump was golfed at his Virginia club. The final expected results were called by major news outlets. Photo credit: David Everett Strickler & unsplash.com

Trump, bitter in defeat, refuses to concede

November 20, 2020

President Trump was at his golf course in Virginia when he learned about his loss to President Elect Joe Biden. Upon returning to the White House, Trump was spotted just outside the building wearing a...

A woman climbs a street light on Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C. in celebration for the Biden win. His victory was called by major news outlets on Nov. 7.

Joe Biden elected 46th President of the United States

November 19, 2020

Vice President Joe Biden has been chosen by the American people to lead the country out of the economic and mortal despairs caused by a raging pandemic amid searing division in the country. His win, declared...

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Cerritos College Board of Trustees announced

November 17, 2020

Incumbent Martha Camacho-Rodriguez was defeated by challenger Mariana Pacheco, a teacher and director of nursing at Downey Adult School, for Trustee area one. This was the only race within the Cerritos...

International Student Week discusses global cultures in an event each day. This years IEW will only have presentations via Zoom. Photo credit: Courtesy of Cerritos College

Students and faculty prepare for International Education week

November 16, 2020

Students and faculty will be showing films and discussing the norms and cuisines inspired by a variety of cultures for International Education Week (IEW) running through Nov. 16-20. Presenters will be...

Psilocybe Cubensis, otherwise known as magic mushrooms, is finally decriminalized at the ending of the United States 2020 Election. Oregon became the first state to legalize remedial use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, November 4, 2020.

Decriminalization: an alternative to incarceration

November 8, 2020
In a huge step towards ending the drug war, Oregon voters decriminalized all drugs and it is time for the rest of the U.S to do the same.
Undocumented alumni spoke Friday night, Oct. 23. They said their journey in higher education began at Cerritos College. Photo credit: Nitish Meena/Unsplash

These trailblazers didn’t let their citizenship stop them from succeeding

October 30, 2020

Undocumented Cerritos College alumni attended a nighttime Zoom conference on Friday, where they shared their experiences and gave advice to students preparing for transfer. It was the final event in the...

Marisa Perez was elected in 2012 to the Cerritos College Board of Trustees. She will start another term this year running unopposed.

Marisa Perez runs for Trustee Area 4 without opponent

October 27, 2020

From the board of an elementary school PTA to White House advisor to George W. Bush, Marisa Perez had an extensive background in politics long before being elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. Unchallenged...

Prop 23: Dialysis clinics

Prop 23: Dialysis clinics

October 23, 2020
Yes on 23 will require dialysis clinics to have an on-site physician and prevent discrimination against patients based on source of payment for care.
Prop 16: Restore affirmative action

Prop 16: Restore affirmative action

October 23, 2020
Repeal proposition 209 and restore affirmative action, endorsed by Cerritos College Board of Trustees and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.
Undocumented Student Action Week runs through Oct. 19-23. The CHIRLA webinar was the first, providing information and free legal counsel to students.

CHIRLA offers legal counsel to undocumented students in low attendee webinar

October 20, 2020

Faculty of Cerritos College hosted an information workshop for Dream/AB 540 students on Monday afternoon. The webinar featured a Powerpoint presentation given by a representative from the immigrant rights...

Joe Biden is currently running for the 2020 Presidential election. Bidens pick for VP is Senator Kamala Harris. Photo credit: The Review Univ. of Delaware on Flickr.com

Talon Marks endorses Joe Biden for president

October 16, 2020
With election day on the horizon, voters are faced with two polarizing perspectives on the future of this country. God help us all.
Cerritos College unveils state of the art Health and Wellness complex

Cerritos College unveils ‘state of the art’ Health and Wellness complex

October 9, 2020

Traditional giant scissors in hand, Board of Trustees Vice President Martha Camacho-Rodriguez stood beside President and Superintendent Dr. Jose Fierro, board members and deans as they celebrated completion...

A 33-year-old Mexican immigrant seeking refuge in the U.S. was so severely injured from a fall while in detention that he cant feel his legs and now uses a wheelchair, his El Paso attorney says. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the man had a thorough medical evaluation and there was no known justification for his being unable to walk. In this file photo, an unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE deportation officer reviews forms required to issue a detainer asking local law enforcement to hold someone until ICE agents can pick the person up, at the the Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel on April 26, 2017. Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Forced hysterectomies: the latest in the US’ attempted genocide

September 20, 2020
A 33-year-old Mexican immigrant seeking refuge in the U.S. was so severely injured from a fall while in detention that he can’t feel his legs and now uses a wheelchair, his El Paso attorney says. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the man had a thorough medical evaluation and there was “no known justification” for his being unable to walk. In this file photo, an unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE deportation officer reviews forms required to issue a detainer asking local law enforcement to hold someone until ICE agents can pick the person up, at the the Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel on April 26, 2017.
The Umoja Success Program prepares a college student care-package filled with a binder, notebook and miscellaneous school supplies on Sept. 10. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

Umoja’s Success Program drive-thru giveaway provides supplies for students

September 17, 2020
Faculty are finding ways to stay connected with students as Cerritos is staying closed in the Spring semester.
Without campus, staff and faculty have to find new ways to find the students most in need of these resources.

Foster youth information panel discusses strategies for outreach

September 11, 2020
The 'new normal' promises more challenges for support programs in making sure students get the resources they need
View from the South side of the new Performing Arts Center. Construction has been underway for more than a year after breaking ground on Mar. 6.

Performing Arts Center construction ‘still on schedule,’ set to open Fall 2021

September 11, 2020
The $80 million facility is a major upgrade for the theater, film and music programs at Cerritos College.
Sex workers should be able to make an income on their own terms without fear of abuse from the public, especially in times of great economic turmoil.

Its OnlyFair: We need to check our prejudices and stigmatization against sex workers

August 29, 2020
Sex workers should be able to make an income on their own terms without fear of abuse from the public, especially in times of great economic turmoil.
Following a letter stating Webb brought forth false accusations, several of the women listed as signers have come forward stating they were never contacted and had no knowledge of the letter. Several parties, including the former Title IX coordinator, have been unavailable for comment as of Aug. 27, 2020.

Women’s Soccer coaches and former students locked in legal battle amid ongoing investigation

August 27, 2020
Title IX coordinator stepping down from position, a letter vouching for coaches was signed by names of players that did not give consent and few answers as the investigation is still underway.
August 20, 2020, Mocassin, California, USA: Fire crews move along Hwy 49 as the MocFire burns near San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy Power and Water on Thursday.

Deadly fires and record-breaking heat wave suffocate already weakened California

August 21, 2020
On top of having the most COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the Golden State is now faced with raging forest fires, rolling blackouts and a sweltering heat wave.
Several womens soccer team members have come forth with their experiences of alleged sexual harassment. These events come following an Instagram story posted on Aug.12, 2020 by former player Ashley Webb.

Cerritos College places several women’s soccer coaches on leave due to allegations of misconduct and harassment

August 16, 2020
Former players from the past decade have come forward describing an environment where girls were bullied and harassed from the first day they stepped on the field.
Alex Villanueva updates the public on a new body-camera deal with Axon, a law enforcement equipment agency, which he announced on Aug. 12. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

LA County Sheriff gives updates of ongoing Andres Guardado investigation

August 16, 2020
60 days after Sheriff deputies shot an 18-year old in Gardena and many questions still unanswered.
A Black Lives Matter protest in from of the Long Beach City Hall in Downtown LB. Hundreds gathered and listened to guest speakers in support of the protests. Image from June 4, 2020. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

New poll shows Californians support police reform

August 14, 2020
While the police were not defunded, the movement has garnered overwhelming support from the state's populace.
Cerritos College makes the decision to continue with online learning going into the Fall semester. This sign is placed outside of the Liberal Arts building on April 28, 2020. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

Fall classes remain online as Covid-19 cases soar in California

August 14, 2020
Cerritos College will hold all lecture courses online with a few exceptions for lab courses.
Digital painting by Samuel Roque. Digital portraits and film translate to Zoom better than other physical mediums. Photo credit: Samuel Roque

Cerritos College’s first online Student Art Exhibit goes live this week

May 19, 2020
The online catalog will debut on May 22 and features 'the best our students are producing.'
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Healthcare and school budgets slashed as Newsom calls upon federal government for aid

May 18, 2020
Due to projected billion-dollar decreases in budget, Newsom states "the enormity of the task at hand cannot just be borne by a state."
Former first lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, as they celebrate College Signing Day with 10,000 high school seniors and transfer students who have committed to pursuing a higher education. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Michelle Obama’s biopic is an extended sales pitch for her book

May 10, 2020
The Netflix documentary "Becoming" follows the First Lady on her 34-stop book tour two years after leaving the White House.
White protestors privileged in the eyes of the law

White protestors privileged in the eyes of the law

May 10, 2020
Videos of anti-lockdown protests in California and Michigan, along with new footage of the Ahmaud Arbery murder, show a reality that's impossible to ignore.
Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.

[Photo] Exploring Deaf culture

May 5, 2020

Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.

Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.

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May 5, 2020

Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.

More than 45 volunteers assisted in the distribution. The people receiving food were seen smiling, waving and complimenting the helpers.

Local restaurateur donates 800 meals to Cerritos College students and community

May 3, 2020

Hundreds of readily-prepared meals were distributed on Friday morning, May 1, in the Lot 10 parking area thanks to restaurant and catering business owner, Jay Bharat. The food distribution was a collaboration...

Dr. Jose Fierro discusses the colleges next steps in utilizing funding from the CARES Act in a faculty senate meeting on April 28, 2020.

Cerritos College disburses $12 million in aid to students and faculty

May 3, 2020
Students whose income has been effected by COVID-19 may apply for emergency aid, but there are some exceptions.
Detriot Lions wide reciever Kenny Golladay makes a catch past Baltimore Ravens safety Marlon Humphrey during the first quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Jason Beede/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Spike of defensive picks in the third round of the draft

April 29, 2020
Raiders go all-in on Karr, defenses look for prospects and two brothers are reunited.
The April 16 webinar promoted healing and resilience through mindful meditation. It was a planned SAAM event. Photo credit: Simon Abrams for Unsplash.com

Instructor facilitates guided Yoga Nidra meditation via Zoom

April 26, 2020
The meditation seminar was one of many events planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
America is facing a pandemic-induced recession that a $1,200 stimulus cant prevent. While mega corporations enjoy a bailout out from our dime, essential workers are left in the dust.

$1200 checks will not alleviate the worst job loss since the Great Depression

April 19, 2020
Unemployment is at an all-time high and our government’s answer isn’t enough.
Participants were able to send private messages to mental health professionals during the webinar on April 16, 2020. Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan

Art With Impact discusses powerful cinema for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 19, 2020

Mental health, sexual violence and cultural stigmas were the main topics of discussion on April 16 at the Movies for Mental Health Virtual Workshop. It was hosted by a panel of Cerritos College students...

A poll worker gets I Voted stickers ready to hand to voters as they finished up at the ballot booths at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library in South Tampa, Fla., on November 6, 2012. (Carolina Hidalgo/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

Coronavirus taking over voters’ rights during primary elections

April 18, 2020
Mail-in ballots and COVID-19 are causing major problems in the primary elections during a nationwide quarantine lockdown; voters are at risk.
Workers produce masks that will be exported at a factory in Nanchang, China, on April 8, 2020.

ASCC discusses student support updates in response to COVID-19

April 12, 2020
"Call to Order!" ASCC holds meeting over Zoom conference app.

Soprano saxophone-euphonium recital delights audiences

March 23, 2020

Silvia Ibara and Mya Sanchez performed on March 4 inside the Burnight Center as part of the Applied Music Program of Cerritos College. Ibarra took the stage first, and was joined by accompanist Kyoungee...

Gather round!: Students attend the reception for SOME FORM OR OTHER. It is on display through Mar. 20. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

Cerritos College Art Gallery presents: SOME FORM OR OTHER by Caroline Clerc

March 23, 2020

The fine arts building unveiled SOME FORM OR OTHER, a new sculpture in the gallery window. The featured artist is professional photographer and USC instructor, Caroline Clerc. She attended the gallery’s...

On your Que: (from left) Nadia Aponte, George Loulakis, Manuel Martinez and Aaron Robinson Almanzan take the stage after intermission. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

Jazz recital kicks off the spring season

March 6, 2020

From inside the dimly lit room, an all too familiar tune emanated from the stringed instruments. They played a rendition of "Pure Imagination" originally written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Students...

Making contact: #23 Kara Spulstra swings on a low inside pitch. The Falcons played at 3:00 at Nancy Kelly Field. Photo credit: Daniel Suarez Jr.

Falcons secure 5-3 win over Roadrunners

March 3, 2020

The Falcons bounced back from a two-game losing streak by defeating the Rio Hondo Roadrunners 5-3. This is the softball team’s second conference victory after defeating the Compton College Spartans...

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