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Virtual reality stirs debate between platform

Virtual reality stirs debate between platform

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
March 1, 2017
Filed under Forum

In the technology community there is a battle going on that will shape how people around the world will interact with their devices and what they will spend their money on in the next 10 years, depending on the victor. In one corner there is virtual reality, commonly referred to as VR, which create...

Circumcision or mutilation?

Circumcision or mutilation?

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Surgically altering a girl’s genitals is a felony in the U.S., and illegal in most of the world, and taking a knife to anyone’s genitals without their consent is horrible. Perpetrating unnecessary surgery on children is always a repugnant act. That’s why it’s so odd that it’s not just lega...

Legalization to end decades of bias

Legalization to end decades of bias

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
November 3, 2016
Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Proposition 64 is on California’s November ballot which, if passed, will legalize, regulate and decriminalize the use of marijuana throughout the Golden State. Trying to legalize marijuana in the state that was the first to make cannabis legal for medical uses seems like an easy task, but the oppo...

Corporate greed muddies flowers

Corporate greed muddies flowers

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
November 3, 2016
Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Ending the prohibition of cannabis is inevitable in California, but it should not be forced. Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana among people who are at least 21 years old through Proposition 64 does not justify the creation of another tobacco industry. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA),...

Domestic violence seeps into social youth trends

Domestic violence seeps into social youth trends

By Joseph Bennett, Staff Writer
May 18, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

It is estimated sneakers get more than 1,200 people killed each year, and Nike’s Air Jordan brand in particular deserves blame, according to Marc Bain on qz.com. Depending on the shoes in question, it may be a shoe someone really wants, but cannot get. This is frequently the case with Jordans. Not everyone...

Certain change threatens time management

Certain change threatens time management

By Nora Alkrizy, Staff Illustrator
May 18, 2016
Filed under Forum

The possibility of adopting a compressed academic calendar has been a looming issue for Contra Costa College students. The idea is that in response to increasing faculty interest, CCC and other community colleges in the district will shorten the semesters by two weeks. Studies showing community colleges that...

Complaints incite change

Complaints incite change

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
March 2, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

In order to prove they are capable for the Contra Costa College’s presidency, four finalists will answer questions at an open forum in the Knox Center Thursday from noon to 3:45 p.m. Attendees will be given the chance to ask the candidates questions and analyze their responses by filling out commen...

Marriage rates reflect commitment behaviors

Marriage rates reflect commitment behaviors

By Asma Alkrizy, Opinion Editor
March 2, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

If one had thought the decline in the divorce rate over the last decades in America displays a growth in marriages, they are utterly wrong. The major factor for the decline in divorce rates in America is linked to the steep decline in marriages resulting from the increase of cohabiting relationships...

Liberal socialist carries ambition

Liberal socialist carries ambition

By Salvador Godoy, Staff Writer
February 10, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is equipped to show his intellectual power for the needs of the American people, although some citizens are apprehensive about his use of the word socialist. Once again, Sanders is not a socialist. Let me rephrase that term correctly. He is a “demo...

Rapid advancement pressures change in news coverage

Rapid advancement pressures change in news coverage

By Christian Urrutia, Editor-in-Chief
February 10, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

The changing state of news and the rapid flow of information dictates the platforms in which we consume all kinds of daily content. The medium currently is mobile devices, if not, a computer screen. Digitizing content meant certain media, like print, would become more and more obsolete. The print w...

Immigration reform in political limbo

Immigration reform in political limbo

By Marlene Rivas, Staff Writer
February 10, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

The lack of immigration reform and the nonacceptance of immigrants entering the country has been an big issue for quite some time now. The idea that many have, and refuse to see a different side to, is that immigrants come here to steal jobs, increase crime and benefit from the government’s aid wit...

Rape culture undermines human rights

Rape culture undermines human rights

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor
February 4, 2016
Filed under Forum, Opinion

The disturbing reality of our society in which nine out of 10 victims of rape are female and one in 33 are male embodies rape culture’s suffocating grasp on female identity. Although rape is a serious crime and state laws punish rapists, Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) also reports th...

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