The Advocate

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...

Kavanaugh hearings muddy democracy

Kavanaugh hearings muddy democracy

By Kit Duckworth, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh played out in the public eye like a well-written Hollywood script on Thursday. Emotions boiled over and tempers flared, but the American people are no closer to the truth than they were when the week began. Dr. Christine Blasey...

Campus activities lack adult orientation, leadership

Campus activities lack adult orientation, leadership

By Editorial Board

October 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On any well-functioning college campus its student government is a coalescing force with the ability to transform thousands of people pursuing higher education into a collective student body through events, shared experiences and community organizing. At Contra Costa College, this isn’t the case and...

Self-realization, therapy ease depression

Self-realization, therapy ease depression

By Gabriel Quiroz, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Imagine you’re in your room feeling significantly sad for no particular reason — crying, frustrated and thinking everything bad that’s happening is somehow your fault. You have no idea why this is going on, but it happens a lot and is getting worse. It seems impossible to even think at times,...

Lack of crime reporting blurs transparent environment

Lack of crime reporting blurs transparent environment

By Editorial Board

September 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The quest for an improved sense of transparency at Contra Costa College has engulfed every corner of administrative activity on campus and no area is more important than those who are able to reveal the details of any crimes that are committed here. With students settling into the new semester, there...

Musical appreciation grows through tragedy

Musical appreciation grows through tragedy

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

September 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the past two years there have been a significant number of musicians who have died, young and old alike. The deaths have ranged from people in their 20s, like Mac Miller and Avicii, to old legends like Chris Cornell and Aretha Franklin. Each death reverberated throughout the world and their fans...

Under new management

Under new management

By Editorial Board

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Since fall of 2013 when ground was initially broken on the Campus Center Project, the outward appearance of Contra Costa College has been in constant flux. In recent years, students withstood the dust and debris, lack of parking and general upheaval of any sense of continuity that was gained throughout...

Battle to quit social media induces anxiety

Battle to quit social media induces anxiety

By Cindy Pantoja, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Few weeks ago, I found myself updating my Facebook status in the middle of an anxiety attack. Somehow, in the midst of deep breathing and heart palpitations, I fought the need to inform my followers what I was going through. The episode of emotional turmoil was interrupted by the 15 othe...

Biracial baby making hinders white agenda

Biracial baby making hinders white agenda

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It wasn’t long ago that many people believed there was a shelf life to racism. There used to be a shared societal concept that explained racism as a generational hold-over which implored us all to believe that when the last of the baby-boomers step into the great beyond, America will finally become the...

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