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Editorial: Search halted after process exposes district hiring flaws

By Editorial Board

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In a move to ease mounting pressure and defuse the reaction to what would be another acrimonious appointment to an administrative position at Contra Costa College, President Katrina VanderWoude has discontinued the searches for both the vice president of student services and the vice president of academic...

Yoga strengthens the mind, body and soul

Yoga strengthens the mind, body and soul

By Jose Arebola, Scene Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

All too often life moves so quickly we rarely take a moment to reflect on our experiences. Whenever stress begins to accumulate, having a reprieve through yoga creates time to relax. It can be difficult to see the value in a few moments of silent focus. Those moments, however, can be the difference...

Women aren’t rehab centers for entitled men

Women aren’t rehab centers for entitled men

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

When most people think of the word rehab, they think of a center with doctors who help motivate a person to kick a drug addiction. Many people have no idea that as humans, we sometimes siphon the strength of people who are close to us and use their compassion as rehabilitation centers. Women feel the...

Editorial: Female faculty, staff remain silent in lieu of VP finalists

By Editorial Board

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s hard being a woman on campus at Contra Costa College and if this past week is evidence of what’s to come, things are only going to get tougher. CCC has a student body made up of close to 60 percent women, according to the latest Datamart statistics provided by the state Chancellor’s Office. And...

Nunca te olvides

Nunca te olvides

By Editorial Board

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Similar to fractured families coming together at a funeral, communities tend to rally around its members in times of need or when navigating adverse situations. However, when momentum is lost and the crowds have gone home, who will remain to support the people left most vulnerable? That sentiment is...

NCAA sells dreams: student-athletes finessed

NCAA sells dreams: student-athletes finessed

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s 2018, the NCAA hit an all-time high for annual revenue of more than $1 billion last year, universities are raking in hundreds of millions in sports revenue and coaches are making millions upon millions of dollars each year. Yet, for some absurd reason, student-athletes go to sleep every night...

Camping provides active, affordable means of entertainment

Camping provides active, affordable means of entertainment

By Jackson Stephens, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Attempting to juggle relaxation and staying active on the weekend can be a daunting task. Camping is the best activity in the Bay Area that can incorporate these elements, while feeling like being on an under-budget mini-vacation. Finding free time on the weekend is precious and after a long week of...

Economic policies fuel need for DACA

By Cindy Pantoja, Staff writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

How would you feel if by the time you finished college, thousands of dollars in debt, opportunities were limited because the government planned to revoke your work permit ending the possibility of you ever having a well-paid job? This was the sentiment of nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood...

Student-parent seeks community connection

Student-parent seeks community connection

By Cindy Pantoja, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

There is a nagging guilt that parents feel when remembering the future of their kids is in their hands, especially when the parents haven’t even finished college yet. When attempting to return to college, life often gets in the way and things fall apart when the situation doesn’t go as planned. Parenting...

Lack of condoms on campus raises questions

By Editorial Board

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Experimenting with sex and exploring the human body in our teens and early 20s has been a societal benchmark of maturity as long as history has been recorded. Turning a blind eye to this expected behavior is not only irresponsible, it literally puts the lives of the young people we love at risk. Make...

Fan fetishization fuel Kanye West’s ego-driven fall

Fan fetishization fuel Kanye West’s ego-driven fall

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Fans of celebrities are among the most amenable groups of people that tread delicately on the border of becoming fierce cults. These fans have the capability of starting trends online, orchestrating huge gatherings and even causing public chaos simply due to their sheer volume of followers. For the...

Community colleges embrace prison-to-education pipeline

Community colleges embrace prison-to-education pipeline

By Editorial Board

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The U.S. prison population outpaces the incarceration rates of every other country on the planet ­— from industrialized western nations to developing nations still suffering the repercussions of colonial rule. Although California doesn’t rank in the top 10 of American states in terms of prison...

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