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Mobility upgrades assistance

By Dan Hardin, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018

Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks purchased a second-hand golf cart to help transport Student Life staff members and complete endeavors around campus. Nickelson-Shanks said, “I came out of my pocket with $650 to obtain a cart.” The price of a new golf cart can range anywhere from $3...

Schedule changes to reduce class conflicts

By Ryan Geller, News Editor

March 21, 2018

Block scheduling, early bird classes and a more convenient winter break cybersession are some of the changes coming with the shortened 16-week schedule for the fall 2018 semester. Many classes may not feel much different with the addition of 10 minutes to lectures and some classes that used to meet ...

Firewall update lifts restraint

Firewall update lifts restraint

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

March 21, 2018

Last November, the Contra Costa Community College District upgraded the firewall to protect servers which store the personal information of more than 50,000 students enrolled across all three of the district campuses. The move, which brought much consternation to students, was not announced by the distri...

After 18 years, librarian Judy Flum to retire

After 18 years, librarian Judy Flum to retire

By Alondra Gallardo, Opinion Editor

March 20, 2018

After working as a librarian for 46 years, Judy Flum’s time doing that job is nearing an end. Flum has been a librarian at Contra Costa College for over 18 years. She said she has always worked at public libraries, but she really likes working at college libraries in particular, because she feels l...

DACA decision halted

DACA decision halted

By Ryan Geller, News Editor

March 14, 2018

President Trump was unable to sunset the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program due to the rejection of his administration’s fast-tracked appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of February. Trump had set March 5 as the date that those protected under DACA would no longer be able to...

Interim board president appointed after resignation

Interim board president appointed after resignation

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

March 14, 2018

At a special meeting held Monday at the District Office in Martinez, the Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board voted 5-0 to approve Trustee John Marquez as interim board president. The action also approved the move of Secretary Gary Walker-Roberts to interim vice president and Vick...

Wood plans transition period for campus

Wood plans transition period for campus

By Robert Clinton, Associate Editor

March 1, 2018

Change is inevitable, but in recent years Contra Costa College has been a campus defined more by changes in leadership positions, than the negatively stigmatized reputation that its students and employees constantly work to shed. The decision to return Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh to h...

Court decision states District Office broke labor laws, concealed specifics

Court decision states District Office broke labor laws, concealed specifics

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

March 1, 2018

The Contra Costa Community College District is laying the groundwork to appeal the Public Employment Relations Board’s court decision in the United Faculty’s two unfair labor practice claims filed against the district in November 2016.  Administrative Law Judge Donn Ginoza’s ruling, which was is...

HBCU caravan aids transfer

HBCU caravan aids transfer

By Jessica Suico, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2018

There was big love for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caravan that pumped beats into Campus Center Plaza and showcased the unique culture of these schools, especially since it coincided with Associated Student Union’s Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14. Twenty representatives from HBCU atten...

‘Super Saturday’ recruitment day moved to Thursday

‘Super Saturday’ recruitment day moved to Thursday

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

February 28, 2018

Senior Comet Day will replace Super Saturday as the day when prospective high school students come to experience Contra Costa College before attending in the fall. The event will now take place on a Thursday, opposed to it being held previously on a Saturday. Students from Kennedy, Richmond, De Anza...

Films, lecture show Geechee traditions

Films, lecture show Geechee traditions

By Gabriel Quiroz, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

A film seminar led by sociology professor J. Vern Cromartie on Saturday informed students on the importance of the Gullah and Geechee people, their traditions and lineage. Cromartie himself has Gullah and Geechee lineage that goes back six generations, about which he has written a book titled “Th...

‘Prayer room’ project scrapped

‘Prayer room’ project scrapped

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

February 20, 2018

Last semester, a plan was devised to re-purpose a rarely used balcony in the Applied Arts Building for use as an “interfaith prayer room,” but as of this semester, that plan has been completely nixed. Safety concerns marked the reason for the cancellation as the balcony was not built to perform ...

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