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Inadequate system obstructs progress

By Marci Suela, Art Director
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

When marine biology major Musa Khan arrived at Contra Costa College in 2011, he was assessed into an English 1A course, but placed elsewhere after meeting with his counselor. Despite his familiarity with English concepts, a counselor confused him and resulted in enrolling  into ENGL-142B and was set back...

Plan designs path, allocates basic skills funding

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

The Equity Plan created objectives for English as a second language students to meet in order to create a pathway to their academic success. In one year, the objective for Contra Costa College is to provide equal academic success throughout the student body, beginning with low-level courses. “We do...

Objective identifies flaws, addresses drawbacks

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

One of the main functions of the Equity Plan is to identify student populations that experience the greatest adverse outcomes and then it addresses the specific needs of the groups which have been narrowed into seven key indicators. One of the key indicators, titled Degree and Certificate Completion, is brok...

Transfer rate data pinpoints targets

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

Contra Costa College has outlined several different tactics to increase the transfer rate of certain demographics based on data collected by the district. CCC’s Equity Plan data on transfer completion consists of student information that is separated into groups representing the student population who pl...

Access indicators see low enrollment from feeder high schools

By Christian Urrutia, Editor-in-Chief
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

With Contra Costa College located in San Pablo, it is the go-to institution for those living in West County. But as it is reflected in the 2014-15 Equity Plan, that may not always be the case, as the number of incoming high school graduates in certain groups is disproportional compared to the number that ar...

Experience lights path to maturity

Experience lights path to maturity

By Xavier Johnson, Staff Writer
March 9, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

Basketball players are forced to be versatile in their set of skills, as they have to play offense as well as defense. Contra Costa College sophomore Daizah Pounds represents that versatility during games and in her coursework. Pounds played guard for a women’s basketball team that made the second round ...

Imagination inspires craftsmanship

Imagination inspires craftsmanship

By Jshania Owens, Staff Writer
March 9, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

A class inspiring self-expression through jewelry making is offered Mondays and Wednesdays in the Art Building. Fine and media arts professor Wendy McDermott, who teaches Art 135, Hot Metals for Beginning Jewelry, gives students brass and copper to start any project they think of, as well as the assi...

Father, Comet forward leads playoff dream

Father, Comet forward leads playoff dream

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
March 2, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

Sometimes a woman comes into a man’s life and turns his world upside down. The things he thought were important become meaningless and his focus shifts from  instant gratification to obligation and accountability. It was two years ago when Comet forward and 2015-16 Bay Valley Conference MVP La...

Historical, current efforts overlooked

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
February 25, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

The black experience in America is not easily discussed, as systematic oppression tends to make those who benefit from it, or suffer because of it, emotionally temperamental. In an attempt to remedy this, in the U.S., we compartmentalize the accomplishments of blacks throughout the country’s history into on...

Performance sheds stereotypes, hypes ‘powerful’ message

Performance sheds stereotypes, hypes ‘powerful’ message

By Asma Alkrizy, Opinion Editor
February 25, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

A burst of liveliness and inspiring dialogue will be presented in the form of a play highlighting African-American experiences on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Knox Center. The free performances are organized by Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation at the District Office in collaboration with th...

Pagan celebration breeds indulgence

By Rob Clinton, Sports Editor
February 10, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

To some it is a Hallmark holiday, a remnant of a time past but carried on to bilk the gullible public out of millions of dollars every year. To others, it is an opportunity to express the depths of one’s love in a concentrated effort every Feb. 14. Whether symbolized by half naked babies firing passion dipped...

Romantic stressors cloud holiday’s origin

Romantic stressors cloud holiday’s origin

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor
February 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

The red and pink colors displayed proudly on Valentine’s Day were not always roses and balloons. Instead, the holiday’s hues came from a bloody tradition that lacks the romance it is thought to embody today. During Roman times the tradition of the romantic day started off as the Lupercalia festiv...

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