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Chef teaches exotic spices

Chef teaches exotic spices

By Anthony Kinney, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Award-winning chef and television host Joey Altman left a savory taste on the palates of those who attended his mouth-watering cooking demonstration for culinary arts students Oct. 10 in the Student and Administration Building. The new state-of-the-art culinary arts demonstration classroom filled with t...

Bachata on the Yard promotes Latin culture

Bachata on the Yard promotes Latin culture

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Students trickled into the center of campus to tap their feet to the sound of music during Bachata on the Yard to learn the dance that came all the way from the Dominican Republic. Certified Zumba instructor Oscar Ivan Solano taught free bachata dance lessons on Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. between Aqua...

Documentary shows positive outcome of mental treatment

Documentary shows positive outcome of mental treatment

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The documentary “So You’re Going Crazy: Living With a Delusional Disorder” was shown in LLRC-107 on Oct. 4. Health and human services department Chairperson Aminta Mickles, who presented the movie, said, “A conversation about (mental illness) needs to happen on campus.” The film is direct...

Transfer Day brings attention to strategies

Transfer Day brings attention to strategies

By Karla Juarez, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Students received information about transfer from representatives from UCs, CSUs and private colleges during Transfer Day on Oct. 4 in the Campus Center Plaza. Students interested in transferring had the chance to ask representatives questions about requirements, programs and other opportunities available...

Professor elevates healing

Professor elevates healing

By Marci Suela, Art Director
October 21, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

A strong support system empowers individuals to overcome discouragement and thrive as they reach for their dreams. So when Contra Costa College health and human services department Chairperson Aminta Mickles attended graduate school, she worked hard to maintain a schedule that allowed her to pursue h...

Board member’s unexpected death leaves ‘family’ devastated

Board member’s unexpected death leaves ‘family’ devastated

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Multimedia, News, Showcase, Video

MARTINEZ — With tears welling in their eyes, the four remaining Governing Board members sped through action items, discussions and reports. Uncharacteristically, the monthly meeting here at the District Office on Oct. 12 only lasted one hour. The weight pressing on everyone in the room resonated from an...

AB 1995 to support homeless student hygiene, education

By Denis Perez, Assistant Photo Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News

Students who are homeless will have access to shower facilities on California community college campuses starting Jan. 1, 2017. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1995 into law on Sept. 21 which was authored by Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara). AB 1995 allows access for any homeless students...

Faults hinder construction options, alter project scope

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

Earthquake fault lines indicate where seismic activity will occur, but to date there is no sure way to predict when or what size earthquake will erupt from the fractured mantle supporting the places we live, work and learn. With the $73 million Campus Center Project structurally complete and fully...

Hayward Fault poses threat, need to prepare for crisis

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

To prepare for a disaster scenario on campus, a petition of about 50 signatures from faculty members who want to be a part of a community based training program was approved at the Safety Committee meeting on Friday. Automotive department instructional assistant Jim Gardner said he started the petition...

Speech lab to expand, add classes

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News

The speech department is planning big events and collaborations with other departments in the coming year. Speech department Chairperson Sherry Diestler said things like expanding the speech lab and hosting more speech and debate competitions are on her schedule. “We are expanding our speech lab. C...

Setup hinders culinary arts’ efficiency

By Michael Santone, News Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News

The culinary arts departments has a new and updated home in the Student and Administration Building, but the state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen design has been outfitted with basic installation mistakes that inhibit efficiency, but education still perseveres. The classroom which is also used for labs ho...

Active fault transforms terrain, water table raises concerns of liquefaction

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Spotlight

The Hayward Fault pins Contra Costa College between two branches of its system, with the nearer fault line running parallel to Rheem Creek, a few meters out into the drop-off area. Splitting off from the larger San Andreas Fault system, the Hayward Fault is a strike-slip fault, where the ground on either...

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