Precinct Reporter 10 19 2017 E Edition Page A-1

We Need a Values Revolution Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, October 19, 2017 Vol. 53 - No 13 211 Offers Free Phones, Laptops (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Life doesnt get much better than a free phone, high- speed internet for only $21 a month, and a free laptop. Gary Madden, director of 211 for San Bernardino County, said they are connecting the low income, under-served community to help bridge a longstanding digital divide. For anyone that resides within Frontier service territory and qualifies for Lifeline, he said there are more than enough laptops to go around. Were a long way from running out of Chromebooks, he said. On Wednesday, November 1, the community is invited out from 4:00 6:00 p.m. for a reception with refreshments to find out about the many services that San Bernardino County 211 has to offer. The event will be held at the United Way ice located at 9624 Hermosa Ave in Rancho Cucamonga. There, participants can learn how the county is working with numerous organizations and agencies to address homelessness. They will also access information on other health and human services, such as reentry support to the formerly incarcerated, veteran peer support, and a 24/7 breastfeeding support line for moms. In collaboration, the Inland Empire United Way with Arrowhead United Way, the United Way of Mojave Valley and United Way of the Desert, offers 211 help to about 70,000 callers each year. The countywide 211 database is also searchable at The new low-cost internet is broadband, its not the slow as snails dial-up speed of years passed. Free internet access had been around the county for several years, but he said high-speed internet became available only about a year ago when Frontier Communications took over for Verizon territory in San Bernardino County. As part of an agreement, they promised to distribute thousands of Chrome books. Its pretty amazing, Madden said. We have people who have never had a computer before. They are now trained and their kids are doing homework online at home rather than having to walk to the library. The idea is also catching on with other major providers. Spectrum is also in the works for offering a similar low-cost program. At the event, participants can access CalFresh, also known as SNAP or food stamps, for individuals and families that are now able to enroll over the phone. He said that is especially important for anyone with transportation problems. People are calling and looking for rental assistance and utility assistance. We want to also make sure theyre not food insecure, he said. By pulling together, 211 providers are also more effective at addressing homelessness. He said that housing people, not managing homelessness, is the best solution. To get HUD funding, the requirements now call for better coordination in pulling providers together for measurable success, UCR Recruitment: Black Students Get Ready By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Getting Black students to campus, and nurturing them all the way to graduation is what sets the University of California at Riverside numbers apart from most other four-year college campuses. Its probably because the students know they have a place to call home. On October 27, Black high schoolers will come far and wide to beat the Nov. 30 deadline for Freshman applications to UCR. They will be greeted with the royal treatment, free workshops, admissions help and financial aid. They will mix and mingle with the Divine Nine, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities. Amaryllis Williams, co- coordinator of the upcoming event, feels that one reason why the campus boasts solid retention and graduation numbers is that they offer a good variety of African Student Programs support, such as the annual My Black Excellence event. It draws them in, and more importantly, keeps them coming back. Along with their regular year-round ASP outreach, she said the Black dorms, also known as the Pan African Theme Hall, provides a safe zone of familiarity to press on in an often isolated higher education environment. Williams, who has also lived in the Black dorms, said the experience is a grounding force for new students to grow stronger during those irst vulnerable years of campus life. Were having conversations with them that they dont get to have in high school, she said. We have a little bit more freedom for those open dialogues. Williams, a member of Sisters Against Social Injustice, said that Black students must assimilate into jobs or an academic environment that is not built for them. She said there must be a way for students to connect on realistic terms. Clubs, specific programming, and the dorm can help in the transition. In that space, she said students can be authentically and unapologetically Black. We can study or talk the way we want, and not be chastised for applying ourselves to the stereotype that Black people most of the time are given, she said. Connecting young Black scholars from local high schools to the UCR campus is the inspiration for the event. The numbers show that UCR has been able to get more Black students enrolled at a time when other campuses are struggling to attract and to retain students. She said that specific recruitment programs, such as the My Black Excellence event and the Black dorms have worked together to create a strong uptick in Black graduation on campus in recent years. For many Black students, stepping into unknown territory is the challenge. She said they are leaving home for the first time, and often the first in the family to go to college. Their parents are usually not able to guide them, and there is great pressure to succeed in an isolated environment. Knowing that you can at least come home -- if you will -- to people that look like you, to share your experiences, lessens the amount of anxiety that you have in entering into higher education, she said. Williams, also a representative for the ASP Highlander Referendum, helps monitor and advocate for funding for the African Student Programs. As a member of Sisters Against Social Injustice, this year SASI is focused getting Black students into more discussion-based events, and throw out an academic lifeline for those that need it. We still heavily pride ourselves as the catalyst for being the backbone of the social justice movement and we definitely will be the first ones to respond, she said. Emily Engelschall, director of Undergraduate Admissions, said the My Black Excellence outreach event, formerly known as Unity Day, is in partnership with African Student Programs and UC Riverside Student Leaders. (Cont. on Page A-3) Stater Bros. Awards 100K to Dignity Health for 3D Technology St. Bernardine Medical Center has received a $100K grant from Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer to purchase state-of-the-art digital breast tomosynthesis technology. Tomosynthesis is advanced 3D mammography that takes multiple three- dimensional images of the breasts in layers. This technology will greatly enhance St. Bernardine Medical Centers diagnostic capabilities. Because 3D mammography provides images of the breast in slices from many different angles, finding abnormalities may be easier with 3D tests. These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. We are sincerely grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer for their generous gift. Adding 3D mammography to our list of available services offered to the San Bernardino community will greatly enhance our commitment to patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness, states St. Bernardine Medical Center President, Douglas Kleam. 3D mammography is an innovative technique for breast cancer screening that has the ability to identify abnormalities that cannot be seen or felt by a physician, so it makes it easier to detect breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer will strike one in eight women in their lifetime and is the most common cancer in U.S. women, next to skin cancer. Research shows that getting mammograms regularly can lower your risk of dying from breast cancer.

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