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Illusion of Freedom: Corporate policies incentivise evil

By Ryan Geller, News Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Forum, Opinion

America got it wrong about property from the very beginning. The founders of this nation saw other humans as property. The government of this nation has enshrined genocidal maniacs on its money to remind us all that property is legitimized from behind the barrel of a gun. The completely wrong-head...

Athletes express concern about gun legislation

Athletes express concern about gun legislation

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Forum, Sports

As the best professional boxer of the 20th century, and renowned activist, Muhammad Ali once said, “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” National Basketball Association (NBA) all stars Lebron James and Kevin Durant have lived up to that. They proved their value with their responses to Laura ...

Limited instructor availability sullies learning environment

Limited instructor availability sullies learning environment

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2018


Filed under Forum, Opinion

California community colleges have followed an evolving trend of hiring easily replaceable part-time professors instead of cultivating a crop of costly, yet better prepared,  tenured-track employees. Students everywhere know the pain of tracking down professors with erratic office hours only to fin...

Temporary Disruption

Temporary Disruption

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Forum

In a nation driven by a 24-hour news cycle that blurs the lines between fake news, breaking news and the hyperbole spewed from the mouths of talking heads and paid corporate shills, less sensational stories get pushed to the background. As the American media become more enthralled with President Trump...

Transient ‘fast fashion’ trends spawn global scourge

By Alondra Gallardo, Opinion Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Forum

While women walk around with a $12 little black dress on to support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, think about the young girl making your dress inside a factory under extremely poor conditions, receiving little to no wages and possibly experiencing sexual harassment herself. Fast fashion is de-v...

Lack of campus liaisons foster divide in community relations

Lack of campus liaisons foster divide in community relations

By Editorial Board

February 20, 2018


Filed under Forum, Opinion

Over the past year, the Contra Costa Community College District has continued what some see as a disturbing trend of decreasing the number of people of color in leadership positions at Contra Costa College. On Thursday, CCC President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh announced she would be returning to her old post at...

Valentine’s Day ignites false sense of love through materialism

Valentine’s Day ignites false sense of love through materialism

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Forum

For many, the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day is etched in an atmospheric romance of greeting cards, candle lit dinners and the occasional afterglow of holiday lust. Scented bouquets of red roses are ordered by lovers for lovers, as boyfriends, girlfriends and secret admirers douse each other in he...

Threats of ICE raids demand preparation to impede arrests

Threats of ICE raids demand preparation to impede arrests

By Advocate Staff

January 30, 2018


Filed under Forum

In the wake of recent threats by the federal government to conduct sweeping immigration raids across Northern California and the Bay Area in general, civic leaders and state employees have vowed to stand up to the impending menace. On Jan. 23, Diablo Valley College President Susan Lamb sent an email to all...

Mother inspires perseverance, shows strength

Mother inspires perseverance, shows strength

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Forum

The first time I ever saw my mother being hit by a man, I was 10 years old. Cowering in the corner, I threw a blanket over my face to shield myself from the scene that filled our one bedroom apartment. At the time, I didn’t understand the chaotic discord that not only had me weeping in fear, but fear...

Brand name clothes overrated

By Denis Perez, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion

Growing up I always longed to wear top brand-named clothing to feel comfortable at school, until my late teens when I realized it was better to have been raised to not care for them. Much of my adolescent life revolved around fitting in in a new land that my parents had immigrated to for a better life...

New generation products mar Apple reputation

By Andrew Weedon, Advocate Staff

October 30, 2017


Filed under Forum

I own one Apple product, a second generation iPod touch. I would be the first to admit that I love it and am proud to call it mine. When I see someone with a new Apple product however, I don’t feel jealousy or envy. That person likely bought that product because it was their understanding it was...

Educational system fails to teach adult age responsibilities

Educational system fails to teach adult age responsibilities

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Forum

I’ve appreciated what the American educational system has given me. It is a flawed system, but there are options to how children can use what is available to be productive. We are taught arithmetic, science, languages and communication skills. But we are never taught about how to do taxes, develo...

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