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‘Antiquated beliefs’ fuel political campaign

‘Antiquated beliefs’ fuel political campaign

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Mike Pence is the current governor of Indiana and Donald Trump’s Republican running mate in the 2016 presidential election. The possibility of Pence becoming vice president is one of the most overlooked catastrophes waiting to happen to the people of the United States. Pence is a staunch social and fiscal ...

Remembering dedication

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
October 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The Contra Costa Community College District family has lost its most valued leader. Governing Board Trustee John T. Nejedly, 52, died in his Hilton-Riverside room on Oct. 9 while attending a community college leadership convention in New Orleans. Nejedly’s influence in securing districtwide construction b...

Coverage is proof revolution will not be televised

Coverage is proof revolution will not be televised

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Sports

Nearly eight weeks have passed since Colin Kaepernick was spotted sitting silently alone as his teammates stood for the national anthem before the third San Francisco 49ers’ preseason football game. Since then, players from various sports and all walks-of-life have joined the 28-year-old’s prot...

Snap judgments on race affects psyche

Snap judgments on race affects psyche

By Reggie Santini, Advocate Staff
October 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Discrimination against interracial couples can have a lasting negative effect on a relationship and the  emotional well being of children born into those relationships. On more than one occasion, while playing with our son at the  playground, mothers have come up to my wife and asked how much she c...

Walking backward

Walking backward

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
October 6, 2016
Filed under Multimedia, Opinion, Video

"The Black Panther Party and Its Legacy: A Seminar,” missed the chance to compare and contrast the racially charged political climate that created the revolutionary party 50 years ago to present-day social movements. The event was held on Saturday in the General Education Building as part of the W.E.B. ...

Unpacking the myth of the ‘good cop’

Unpacking the myth of the ‘good cop’

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For as long as police misconduct has been reported, whether prosecuted or not, the same narrative gets repeated — there are just a few bad cops ruining the reputation of the many who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. To be perfectly clear, there is no shortage of bad cops in America. Althou...

Restrictions bury dream

Restrictions bury dream

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Financial aid restrictions on undocumented students who do not meet certain criteria are counterproductive for an institution funded by its enrollment. But that is exactly what is happening here at Contra Costa College and statewide. CCC Counseling Office assistant Leticia Mendoza said, “When (some) un...

Financial aid adds limits

Financial aid adds limits

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
September 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Adding a 2.0 GPA minimum requirement to a statewide financial aid program does increase the incentive for community college students to do well academically. But it also puts more pressure on academic institutions throughout the state to develop programs that help students who fall below this requirement...

Menstrual taboo paved by social ignorance

Menstrual taboo paved by social ignorance

By Marci Suela, Art Director
September 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Menstruation is often described using different expressions including “it,” “the thing” and “the red monster.” The cycle takes the form of an actual being as a result of these nicknames, as if menstruation were an attacker who plagues each woman with hormonal threats of when it will strik...

Let there be greed

Let there be greed

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
September 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

While many argue that the suspension of UC Berkeley’s $3 billion Global Research Campus Project (GC) in Richmond is just a hiccup in the master plan to inject a research industry into the city, others insist it is the end of a vision. The decision made by UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, due ...

Film fuels discussion, relays historic story

Film fuels discussion, relays historic story

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
September 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Director Nate Parker’s film “The Birth of a Nation” based on the Nat Turner-led slave rebellion in 1831 will be released Oct. 7 amid a storm of consternation and dispute. The film received national acclaim after its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, held annually in Park City, Utah. I...

Participation in athletic programs reflects apathy

Participation in athletic programs reflects apathy

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor
September 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For the second season in a row the Comet women’s soccer program will forfeit all of its scheduled games and the strange thing is, nobody seems to care. It’s easy to point out sociological reasons as to why participation rests at an exaggerated lull. But these factors only blame student-athletes. T...

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