The Student Voice Of Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

The Advocate

Dance groups highlight variety of styles

By Roxana Amparo, Editor-in-Chief
May 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Scene

Tango, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, reggaeton and more were on display for “Dance Jam 2017,” showcasing the talents of local dancers. “Dance Jam” nearly filled every seat in the John and Jean and Knox Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, delivering 16 quality performances that lef...

Punk band satisfies fans

Punk band satisfies fans

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Scene

Following up a classic album can be difficult for any band. Following up a classic album after 17 years is an exceptionally difficult task. Post-hardcore standouts At the Drive-In reached a high peak in the early 2000s releasing the influential “Relationship of Command.” “Interalia” (stylized...

Political violence weakens any republic

Political violence weakens any republic

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Communists and fascists feed each other. Both need a populace in fear to grow and they get that by bloodshed. There is literally no way anything good can come out of the recent violence in Berkeley. No matter who wins, we all lose. The communists are usually the ones who start the ugly cycle and it...

Democratic oligarchy

Democratic oligarchy

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
May 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Using student fees to pay any part of an employee’s salary at any public college without the consent of the majority of its student body is a transgression against democracy. Student Life departments at sister colleges Contra Costa and Diablo Valley are funneling student-generated funds to pay advisers, managers...

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...

Blinding ‘love’ leads to emotional trauma

Blinding ‘love’ leads  to emotional trauma

By Jessica Suico, Advocate Staff
May 2, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In any successful relationship, friendship or marriage, three key ingredients are needed to prosper: trust, respect and love. When I was 15 years old I was blinded by love, totally immersed in the idea of having my first real boyfriend. We both came from a past of family abuse. In my house the abus...

Falcons’ pick shows nation Richmond spirit

Falcons’ pick shows nation Richmond spirit

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
May 2, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Sports

Former Comet football player and John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Takkarist McKinley was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 26th pick in the first round of 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday. McKinley claimed the draft’s highlight when NFL legend and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders interviewed him s...

Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

By Kyle Pierce, Advocate Staff
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Sports

A fan’s relationship with their team is a complicated one. Fans endure a lot of emotions: the joy of scoring, the dejected feeling of watching your team fall behind, the frustration of terrible officiating, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Through the highs and lows, fans stay by th...

Cursing is mainstream, overuse mars integrity

Cursing is mainstream, overuse mars integrity

By Michael Santone, News Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Nowadays the use of profanity has become as common as hello and goodbye in everyday conversation. We were taught that these taboo “curse words” were never to be spoken, whispered or even thought about or you’d be sent straight to hell — in a handbasket. Well, metaphorically, that is. Growin...

‘Last resort’ picks pockets

‘Last resort’ picks pockets

By Editorial Board, The Advocate
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The Associated Student Union Board renewed its agreement to use student fees to pay for part of a full-time employee’s salary because the college administration couldn’t find funds elsewhere to pay it. At the weekly public ASU meeting on April 19, only one ASU member voted against covering 25 perce...

Micro aggressions demean morality, race

Micro aggressions demean morality, race

By Anthony Kinney, News Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Most people are discouraged from publicly engaging in hate speech by the distressful possibility of rampant ridicule unabatedly attacking their better judgment. For these hate-filled folks, saying what you mean is usually an ugly deliberate insult targeted at a marginalized group. Questions like “will ...

Upgrade still loading

Upgrade still loading

By Editorial Board, The Advocate
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The sudden launch of the redesigned website is a needed change to the outdated virtual front door of Contra Costa College, but students lost links to important information during the move. While the redesign was long overdue, the surprise launch of the site leaves much work to be done in terms of bec...

The Student Voice Of Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.
Opinion