The Advocate

Leadership void leaves student-veterans searching for answers

TeJae Dunnivant is the college’s new veterans’ coordinator this semester after the position remained vacant for nearly a year.

By Cindy Pantoja, Editor-In-Chief

February 19, 2020

Veterans at Contra Costa College again have to experience the hardships of instability after their coordinator was fired two days prior to the beginning of the spring semester. TeJae Dunnivant served as veteran’s coordinator for almost a year and Jan. 14, she received a termination letter without...

President VanderWoude agrees to resign

Governing Board President Vicki Gordon announces Dr. Katrina VanderWoude resignation during a special meeting of the Governing Board held on Aug. 14 at the District Office in Martinez.

By Cindy Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2019

After spending several months on paid administrative leave, Dr. Katrina VanderWoude and the Governing Board of the Contra Costa Community College District have reached an agreement that she resign as Contra Costa College president as of Aug. 14. The decision was announced during a special meeting of th...

Press conference at Fireside Hall offers insight on administrative leave designations

Press conference at Fireside Hall offers insight on administrative leave designations

By Robert Clinton, Associate Editor

June 14, 2019

Following a tumultuous academic year defined by administrative upheaval, questions of transparency and the lack of a clear path to progress, recent decisions by Contra Costa Community College District Chancellor Fred Wood have left many in the campus community with more questions than answers. In...

Emergency alert system gives sense of safety on campus

A student walks past one of the campuswide alert system boxes set up in the hallway of the second floor of the General Education Building.

By Luis Lopez, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018

To give each classroom and corridor the feel of being part of an interconnected network, old, new and refurbished buildings on campus have been given a new method of conveying real-time information to Police Services. The campuswide emergency alert system is finally up and running at Contra Costa Colleg...

Former vice president reassigned to District Office

Former vice president reassigned to District Office

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2018

Following a semester mired in questions of transparency, the importance of shared governance and a flawed leadership model tasked with guiding an ailing campus into the future, Contra Costa College Vice President Ken Sherwood was re-assigned to a position in the Contra Costa Community College District...

Richmond Ceasefire looks to the future with town hall celebration

Family members and friends held signs reading the name of their deceased loved ones during the Citywide Walk event hosted by the Richmond Ceasefire in Richmond, Calif. on July 21.

By Jessica Suico, Assistant News Editor

July 6, 2018

To stop gun violence that perpetuates the community and local law enforcement there must be a coalition between a larger part of the community and the police who have sworn to protect them. The Ceasefire Organization of Richmond and Living Hope Neighborhood Church help raise awareness on gun violence...

Leaked Navy memo drives community outrage over plans of detention center

Protesters listen to a speaker during the Concord City Hall on June 26 in Concord, California. Protesters gathered after a leaked memo detailed plans to build an undocumented immigration detention center in the Concord Naval Base.

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

June 30, 2018

CONCORD- Following Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Phyllis L. Bayer's leaked memo to a Navy secretary, the Concord City Council said there will be no immigration detention facility established at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. At a special meeting ...

District ends investigation

District ends investigation

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2018

Following the unexpected resignation of Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board President Timothy Farley and an anonymous accusation of sexual misconduct made against him, a preliminary investigation into the allegation found Farley’s accuser’s claim to be credible. According to Governi...

Statement of inclusivity in question

Statement of inclusivity in question

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2018

Concerns that the Contra Costa College community has become comfortable neglecting its students and staff of African descent by failing to support their programs, or hiring black faculty and staff, has reached a boiling point. The African-American Staff Association (AASA) at Contra Costa College gave a...

Community gathers to support families after a week of heavy violence

Richmond resident Carnell Williams writes “Fighter, Love, Family” describing slain Richmond resident Mark Henderson II
during a vigil for Henderson on Thursday near Crescent Park in Richmond.

By Ryan Geller, News Editor

April 17, 2018

Kids who have often come looking for Mark “Markie” Henderson II for a game of basketball or to toss the football in the park are standing around a tree in the center of a cul-de-sac with their parents. The trunk is covered with pictures and a cluster of candles at the base of the tree is drippin...

Community mourns Courtney Beane’s sudden death

Comet wide receiver Courtney Beane (left) stiff arms Wolverine defensive back Dominick Sanders (middle) during  Sierra College’s 56-28 win against Contra Costa College on Sept. 9 at Comet Stadium.

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

April 10, 2018

Nearly one week has passed since former Comet football player, Courtney Beane was pronounced dead following an early Easter morning car accident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where the junior relocated to attend college at the University of Sioux Falls in January. Beane, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, ...

Multiyear project to furnish state-of-the-art science facilities

Multiyear project to furnish state-of-the-art science facilities

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

April 10, 2018

A new 50,000 square feet science building accommodating the astronomy, engineering, physics, chemistry and biology departments is in its final planning stage with a budget of $68.86 million. The three-story building, developed by SmithGroupJJR, a San Francisco based architecture and planning firm, ...

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