The Advocate

Editorial: Clean record fosters hope

By Editorial Board

November 13, 2019

After months of sailing in what seems like a rudderless ship, the Contra Costa Community College District has selected Dr. Damon A. Bell to man the helm as interim president at Contra Costa College, pending Governing Board approval at its meeting tonight, in an attempt to get the campus back on course. CCC...

False privilege pins Latino vs. Latino

False privilege pins Latino vs. Latino

By Janet Lira, Advocate Staff

November 13, 2019

In Latino culture, superiority is taught at a very young age and, in many cases, it causes Latinos to discriminate against their own race. In Latino communities across the country, immigrants who find just a bit of stability immediately think of themselves as better than those who may not enjoy the...

Editorial: Cycle of abandonment

Editorial: Cycle of abandonment

By Editorial Board

October 23, 2019

In 2016, Michelle Obama said the measure of any society is how it treats its women and using that metric of success, it stands to reason that a college can use that same standard to measure how well it functions in a community. Using the treatment of women on campus as a yardstick, Contra Costa College...

Profit margins spell doom for holiday cheer

Profit margins spell doom for holiday cheer

By Cindy Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2019

There was a time when the holiday season meant something. Leaves changed from green to brown, a crisp chill filled the air and there was a palpable anticipation held by children who knew Christmas was just around the corner. Now, time feels compressed, seasons transition from scorching to rain and...

Boxing’s dangerous norms raise questions

Boxing’s dangerous norms raise questions

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

October 23, 2019

Boxer Patrick Day died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Oct. 16 after suffering a traumatic brain injury during his knockout loss to Charles Conwell in Chicago on Oct. 12. He was 27. After two knockdowns earlier in the fight, Day was knocked out in the 10th and final round. He never regained co...

Editorial: Undervalued assets

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2019

As the renovations to the Gym Annex Building, Men’s and Women’s locker rooms and Gymnasium push forward at full speed, the disruption they are causing student-athletes has been immeasurable. Sure, questions have been raised in the past about the level of administrators’ support and, more importantly,...

Harsh realities of gentrification affect local communities

By Luis Lopez, Advocate Staff

October 9, 2019

The recent tech industry boom has brought an influx of new money into the Bay Area and gentrification seems to be a word associated with this recent influx, usually with negative connotations. However, gentrification is not a bad thing, it is a part of a civilization’s evolution. Locals complain...

Editorial: We’re not worthy

Editorial: We’re not worthy

By Editorial Board

October 2, 2019

With all the administrative upheaval surrounding Contra Costa College, it’s remarkable that students have continued to thrive academically and in extra-curricular activities. As usual, the fall semester ushered in a crop of fresh-faced students, eager to embrace the college experience and, most...

Migrating to the U.S. legally offers more

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

October 2, 2019

There are laws in this country meant to protect us, defend us and, at times, accuse us. Most laws apply to people differently depending on the circumstances at hand, which makes it difficult for me to say I don’t support the majority of illegal immigration. Even though borders are man-made and...

Shootings highlight national epidemic

Shootings highlight national epidemic

By Wanda Gonzalez, Advocate Staff

September 25, 2019

White supremacy is a huge problem not only in the United States, but all over the world. When taking a look at many of the recent terrorist attacks in the U.S., an alarming trend shows many of them were executed by white supremacists. — Charleston, North Carolina, nine killed and one injured...

Editorial: Measured response

By Editorial Board

September 25, 2019

The first day of fall not only ushered in a change of season at Contra Costa College, it also brought with it an attempt to challenge the boundaries of free speech in public spaces. Shortly before noon in Campus Center Plaza, a religious fundamentalist equipped with an offensive sign and portable...

Christianity erodes church, state division

Christianity erodes church, state division

By Jose Arebalo, Advocate Staff

September 18, 2019

The variety of experiences, attitudes and beliefs on any campus is an amazing blend of what the world has to offer. At any given moment we could be standing next to people from multiple religions in a courteous manner. However, they don’t necessarily share similar ideas or points of view. It...

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