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Bill shelters DACA rulings over federal presumption

By Denis Perez, Photo Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under News

Undocumented students’ struggle for access to higher education inspired Assembly Bill 21 which reflects the immigrant community in California’s education system. Assembly Bill 21 protects access to financial aid for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients if the federal program is...

Legislation to demand healthcare transparency

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under News

In an attempt to protect the retirement assets of nearly 300,000 civil servants, Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen from Huntington Beach introduced legislation to clarify the financial uncertainty that many in the state face. AB 1310 requires public retirement systems to disclose the unfunded liabili...

Nonresident fee bill stalled

By Roxana Amparo, Editor-in-Chief
May 17, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News

Under Senator Ricardo Lara’s proposed legislation, SB 68, two years of community college equates to current three-year requirements or that of a high school diploma or GED. The bill, which exempts undocumented students from paying the out-of-state fee of $283 per unit while attending a community colleg...

Minimum standard of veterans’ services set with college centers

Minimum standard of veterans’ services set with college centers

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News

California has approximately 1.8 million veterans who live in the state and more than 90 percent of veterans will enroll in the California Community College system according to Section 1 of California Community Colleges: Veterans Resource Center Senate Bill (SB 694). SB 694 was passed on May 1 and is scheduled ...

DVC’s student fee ledger exceeds $1 million, ASDVC pays employees

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under News

The student government at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill will break $1 million in its account balance next semester according to the District Account Availability Report as of May 10. According to the report, the Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) has a balance of $928,665 in Student Activity Fee (SAF) funds. The ASDV...

Fine delivers grim message

Fine delivers grim message

By Editorial Board, The Advocate
May 3, 2017
Filed under News, Opinion

The statewide push, propelled by the Student Senate of California Community Colleges (SSCCC), to universally ban all smoking of tobacco, marijuana and even e-cigarettes on campuses has trickled down to the district level. If this motion passes at the May 24 Contra Costa College District Governing Boar...

Falcons pick Comet alumnus in NFL Draft

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Sports

Contra Costa College has long been a hotbed of talented students who rarely receive the attention or recognition their accomplishments demand they deserve. That all changed  Thursday night when CCC alumnus and Richmond resident Takkarist McKinley was drafted in the first round of the 2017 National F...

Drugs cause district trustee’s death

Drugs cause district trustee’s death

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News

A mixture of cocaine, opiates and alcohol killed former district trustee John T. Nejedly, who died of “visceral congestion and edema” in his hotel room on Oct. 9, 2016, according to the New Orleans Parish Coroner’s Report, obtained exclusively by The Advocate. As was reported in The Advocate in Jan...

‘May Day’ promotes right to fair wages

‘May Day’ promotes right to fair wages

By Anthony Kinney, News Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

San Francisco — Hundreds of protesters gathered on Monday in San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza to rally in support of America’s immigrant workers on International Workers Day, also known as May Day. Protests erupted around the country to highlight the enormous contributions immigrant workers ha...

Smoking ban aims to end on-campus use, charge fines

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News

Motions are underway to universally ban all smoking of tobacco, marijuana, including vaporless devices, across all Contra Costa Community College District campuses, under penalty of fines escalating up to $100 per offense. Currently, tobacco smoking is permitted only in campus parking lots. Academic Sena...

ASU uses student fees to pay full-time employee’s salary

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, News

The Associated Student Union Board voted to use funds from the $5 Student Activity Fee (SAF) to pay 25 percent of Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks’ full-time salary for the 2017-18 fiscal year. At its meeting on April 19, in a 7-1 vote, the Contra Costa College ASU Board approved the...

Pro-Trump demonstration evokes violent clashes between opposing groups

Pro-Trump demonstration evokes violent clashes between opposing groups

By Denis Perez, Photo Editor
April 16, 2017
Filed under Multimedia, News

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