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‘Super Saturday’ recruitment day moved to Thursday

Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks (left) takes a selfie above liquid nitrogen smoke with biology major Abigail Serrano (center left), biological major Katherin Guevara (center right) and SparkPoint Coordinator Bill Bankhead during the Super Saturday event in the Student Center Plaza. on Saturday.

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

A group of Muslim students pray in the Library and Learning Resource Center on March 20, 2017 during one of their five daily prayers. The Muslim Student Association coordinated efforts to create a designated space on campus for prayer. But the space allocated for prayer failed to comply with ADA requirements or district architectural standards.

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 ...

Low enrollment causes funding deficit, class cancellations

By Andrew Weedon, Scene Editor

February 20, 2018

The class schedule is taking drastic cuts this semester as campus administrators try to regain some of the college’s financial surplus, which has been dwindling in the last few years. Since the college leadership has undergone major changes over the last five years, the class schedule has been seve...

Wood removes president

College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh (middle) is hugged by Chancellor Helen Benjamin (right) during the new college center and presidential investiture event in the Campus Center Plaza Amphitheater in September 2016.

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

February 15, 2018

In a move that came as a shock to employees, students and the campus community at large, on Thursday district Chancellor Fred Wood announced the removal of Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh. In a press release written by district Public Information Officer Tim Leong, Dr. Wood revealed his ...

Presidential position drives alum from retirement

Presidential position drives alum from retirement

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

February 15, 2018

For the time being, former Contra Costa College student and president of Santa Monica College Dr. Chui L. Tsang will fill the void left after the district’s recent decision to remove Mojdeh Mehdizadeh as Contra Costa College’s president. Tsang’s appointment came after Contra Costa Community Colle...

Free breakfast program begins

Free breakfast program begins

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

February 15, 2018

Helping to further alleviate the food insecurities of students on campus, Contra Costa College Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks has launched the free breakfast program. Finalized on Friday to begin Feb. 26, the weekly program will provide a hot meal Monday-Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 10...

Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

By Michael Santone

February 10, 2018

Contra Costa College has until March 1 to complete its application to join the next cohort of California Community Colleges in the Online Education Initiative (OEI). OEI, which was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown back in January 2013 is a collaborative effort among state community colleges to provide...

FTES-based funding process restricts economic elasticity

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

January 30, 2018

The way California community colleges receive funding could possibly change with a new funding formula proposal outlined in the 2018-19 California Community College budget and legislative request. Currently, community colleges around the state receive 100 percent of their funding based on the numbe...

Federal threats heighten tension

Federal threats heighten tension

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

January 30, 2018

Criminals and public threats come first. But for those people that are, you know, found to be in the country illegally, they’re not off the table.” -Thomas Homan, ICE acting director

College officials prepare campus to fight severe flu bursts

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A student works on her laptop as a CDC flier which recommends practicing effective flu precautions leans on it on Jan. 22.

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

January 30, 2018

Administrators at Contra Costa College are starting a campaign to combat this year’s flu season that has taken the lives of 29 people under the age of 65 in the greater Bay Area region. Campus Student Services has taken preventative measures such as social media posts, signs and installing hand sanitizer...

Federal judge rules to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

Oakland resident Yesenia Veamatahau holds her fists in the air as a speaker performs an empowering poem during the closing rally of an impromptu march to City Hall in San Francisco on Sept. 6.

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor

January 16, 2018

United States District Judge William Haskell Alsup ordered Trump’s administration in a ruling on the evening of Jan. 9 to continue allowing the renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issued work permits. DACA is a program created under former President Barack Obama’s administrati...

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