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Language deficiency triggers shame

Language deficiency triggers shame

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion

If someone would have told me that losing my native tongue’s proficiency would mean bringing shame to my culture and would cause uncertainty with where I fit in, I wouldn’t have believed them. But when you are living proof of the struggle that comes with adapting to an unfamiliar playground fro...

Say no to San Pellegrino

Say no to San Pellegrino

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion

From pumpkin spice lattes, Four Locos and craft beers to the nascent stages of Coca Cola over 100 years ago, a constant cultural fixture is trendy beverages. There comes a point where simply drinking water every time someone is parched becomes boring. That’s where trendy beverages come in. However...

Knocking down stigmas, re-defining ‘illegal alien’ label

Knocking down stigmas, re-defining ‘illegal alien’ label

By Mayra Garcia, Art Director

September 28, 2017


Filed under Forum

Students that have migrated to the United States and have been granted temporary residency status feel victimized by the use of terms used to identify them, like the term “illegal alien.” For many DACA(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students the term is offensive enough to make them feel unwant...

Local athletes respond in protest to Trump

Local athletes respond in protest to Trump

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion, Sports

In the wake of the President Donald Trump’s attack on the peaceful protest of NFL players by kneeling during the national anthem, the Bay Area seems to be in the middle of it all. It all started over a year ago when then-49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem, protesting ...

Virtual reality stirs debate between platform

Virtual reality stirs debate between platform

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Forum

In the technology community there is a battle going on that will shape how people around the world will interact with their devices and what they will spend their money on in the next 10 years, depending on the victor. In one corner there is virtual reality, commonly referred to as VR, which create...

Circumcision or mutilation?

Circumcision or mutilation?

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Surgically altering a girl’s genitals is a felony in the U.S., and illegal in most of the world, and taking a knife to anyone’s genitals without their consent is horrible. Perpetrating unnecessary surgery on children is always a repugnant act. That’s why it’s so odd that it’s not just lega...

Legalization to end decades of bias

Legalization to end decades of bias

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff

November 3, 2016


Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Proposition 64 is on California’s November ballot which, if passed, will legalize, regulate and decriminalize the use of marijuana throughout the Golden State. Trying to legalize marijuana in the state that was the first to make cannabis legal for medical uses seems like an easy task, but the oppo...

Corporate greed muddies flowers

Corporate greed muddies flowers

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under Forum, Spotlight

Ending the prohibition of cannabis is inevitable in California, but it should not be forced. Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana among people who are at least 21 years old through Proposition 64 does not justify the creation of another tobacco industry. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA),...

Domestic violence seeps into social youth trends

Domestic violence seeps into social youth trends

By Joseph Bennett, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


Filed under Forum, Opinion

It is estimated sneakers get more than 1,200 people killed each year, and Nike’s Air Jordan brand in particular deserves blame, according to Marc Bain on qz.com. Depending on the shoes in question, it may be a shoe someone really wants, but cannot get. This is frequently the case with Jordans. Not everyone...

Certain change threatens time management

Certain change threatens time management

By Nora Alkrizy, Staff Illustrator

May 18, 2016


Filed under Forum

The possibility of adopting a compressed academic calendar has been a looming issue for Contra Costa College students. The idea is that in response to increasing faculty interest, CCC and other community colleges in the district will shorten the semesters by two weeks. Studies showing community colleges that...

Complaints incite change

Complaints incite change

By The Advocate, Editorial Board

March 2, 2016


Filed under Forum, Opinion

In order to prove they are capable for the Contra Costa College’s presidency, four finalists will answer questions at an open forum in the Knox Center Thursday from noon to 3:45 p.m. Attendees will be given the chance to ask the candidates questions and analyze their responses by filling out commen...

Marriage rates reflect commitment behaviors

Marriage rates reflect commitment behaviors

By Asma Alkrizy, Opinion Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Forum, Opinion

If one had thought the decline in the divorce rate over the last decades in America displays a growth in marriages, they are utterly wrong. The major factor for the decline in divorce rates in America is linked to the steep decline in marriages resulting from the increase of cohabiting relationships...

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