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Creator aspires to perfect craft

Creator aspires to perfect craft

By Marci Suela, Art Director
May 18, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Spotlight

Experimentation can transform normal work into a thrilling activity and may charm others with hilarity. A project bewildered art student Shenal Amarasinghe as the assignment called for a design creating playing cards in his Digital Art: Beginning II class during the spring 2015 semester. He sat in fron...

Crude ‘Hate Mail’ hilarious

Crude ‘Hate Mail’ hilarious

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

"You’ve Got Hate Mail” was presented by four of the drama department faculty and Liberal Arts Division Dean Jason Berner in the Knox Center on May 6. The play, written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, drew an audience of about 85, including Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh. ...

Johnson earns coaching award

Johnson earns coaching award

By Xavier Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

The successful men’s basketball season culminated in a Bay Valley Conference championship and coach Miguel Johnson earning Coach of the Year honors. Johnson led the Comets to an overall record of 25-8 and 11-1 in conference play. Included was a 12- game winning streak from Jan. 7 to Feb. 16. In confer...

‘Passionate’ coach shifts focus, drive

‘Passionate’ coach shifts focus, drive

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

When people speak of someone being “a lifer,” most thoughts turn to a person who made bad choices in life or committed some heartless act. We imagine someone forgotten to the world or someone wasting away in a lonely abyss. Paul DeBolt is just that — a lifer. He served as Comet women’s basketball...

Carney’s expertise goes above and beyond

Carney’s expertise goes above and beyond

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

A district police chief has to have some experience under his belt. You start on the street, you get shot at, you get some education, you blow some things up, and 35 years later you can work at all hours as the Contra Costa Community College District’s Director of Police Safety and Emergency Services....

Mall closure inevitable, property to see change

Mall closure inevitable, property to see change

By Salvador Godoy, Staff Writer
May 9, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

Hilltop Mall was once a flourishing collection of businesses supporting an expanding residential community during the 1970s and 80s. This year the outdated property will be sold and re-configured to better meet the standards of local consumers. The property, placed on the market in March 2016 via real est...

Badminton yields more than ‘good workout’

Badminton yields more than ‘good workout’

By Marlene Rivas, Opinion Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Spotlight

Open court for badminton is held on Monday nights at the Gymnasium from 7 to 10 p.m. All students and anyone in the area who is interested are welcome to join the class. The activities are supervised by three instructors who also take part in playing with the students. If students want to regist...

Class explores interpretations

Class explores interpretations

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

An ongoing class this semester is designed to teach students about ethnic and cultural diversity in literature in the U.S. through books, essays and poems shape. The American Literature: 19th Century course is taught by English professor Benjamin Jahn on Thursdays from 2:10 to 5:30 p.m. Jahn said h...

Chancellor’s Office grants one-time funding in equity

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

Throughout the district, colleges have applied and been approved to use one-time funds from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to implement programs and community outreach to improve the success rates of certain student demographics. According to each college’s Equity Plan, Los Medanos Colleg...

Measure E planning omits Art Building retrofit

Measure E planning omits Art Building retrofit

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

The budget limitations with the bond Measure E allocations has left some buildings at Contra Costa College that are considered “questionable” by a seismic risk and mitigation report by Thornton Tomasetti, in 2012, completely out of the project plan. The Art Building was built in 1971 according...

State funding process widens divide

By The Advocate, Editorial Staff
March 16, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

Equity does not mean equality. Equity is giving people who need the most help a chance to live a better life than the one they were born into. In American society that need is unfortunately determined by gender, culture, religion or race. Even with a new “growth” allocation method implemented, th...

Online tutoring resource aids equity

By Asma Alkrizy, Opinion Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

While Contra Costa College’s Equity Plan attempts to increase the overall course completion rate for students, the Campus-Wide-Tutoring program continues helping students improve their academic performances. “We have provided additional support and increased the number of students accessing CWT fo...

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