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Weighing the options of finding love

Weighing the options of finding love

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

April 7, 2015

When a boy meets a girl and the interaction results in the exchange of contact information to discuss meeting up at a later date, there are many factors to be considered before initiating the next step. Although there are some people who are opposed to the notion of the importance of physical attraction, i...

Lacking vital perspective

Lacking vital perspective

By The Advocate Editorial Board

March 18, 2015

Influential women in history are rarely the focus of history classes in the K-12 public school system in California, but this does not mean community colleges should follow suit. Women’s History Month is a period of time set aside annually to recognize and appreciate women from all walks of life. It ...

Negative perceptions hinder self-values

Negative perceptions hinder self-values

By Roxana Amparo, News Editor

March 18, 2015

Women in today’s society are not taught to accept themselves for who they are. Rather, they are taught to focus on promoting judgment, competition and disrespect for one other. This is a harmful enabler that sends out a message making it OK for anyone, including influential people in the media, to disresp...

Overcoming stigmas of adoption

Overcoming stigmas of adoption

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

March 18, 2015

As an adopted child born after legalized abortion every day I wake up is like a gift because from the beginning of my life I know I was not supposed to be here. That feeling never goes away. It instead exists in the back of my mind along with a host of other insecurities that are born from having n...

Rape, war instills fear, devastates women, children

Rape, war instills fear, devastates women, children

By Nina Cestaro, Staff Writer

March 18, 2015

When one is asked to think of reasons to oppose the United State’s renewed intervention in Afghanistan, one readily thinks of having our soldiers sent to their graves. But does anyone ever give thought to the decades of damage done to women and children? War hits the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest....

‘Modern’ society still imposes gender roles

‘Modern’ society still imposes gender roles

By Marlene Rivas, Staff Writer

March 17, 2015

This month serves as tribute to women everywhere for all that they have done and continue to do. Throughout history women have played multiple roles. They have been caretakers, warriors, activists and workers. Women have stepped in when men were not able to perform their duties. And tho...

The old soul with hands of gold

The old soul with hands of gold

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015

Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the most devastating day of my young life. The exact date of this egregious event was Friday, March 5, 2010. My name is April May. I am a 36-year-old single mother of three charming children, community service employee for 10 hours a week and a full-time student ...

Cornered veterans

Cornered veterans

By The Advocate Editorial Board

March 4, 2015

Out of roughly 6,000 students currently enrolled in classes at Contra Costa College only 86 of them are veterans of the United States military. And the modest number of veterans on campus reflects in the effort CCC has put into creating resources that cater to these students. Limited services and a sheer lack of s...

Sexualized comments off-putting, unnecessary

Sexualized comments off-putting, unnecessary

By Marlene Rivas, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015

There are a few things that will instantly ignite my anger and draw a dark shadow over my already sullen face. Of those things, one of the worst is the indecent behavior men can have toward women. And it always seems to be done in a forceful nature. Women will often have no choice but to be subject...

Diverse celebrations

Diverse celebrations

By The Advocate Editorial Board

February 25, 2015

Many people who talk about African-American history often start at the slave trade and end with the civil rights movement. While the myriad of student groups, civil rights activists, abolitionists and legal groups who helped end the legalized racist practices of the past are important, one cannot fo...

Mainstream education neglects societal issues

Mainstream education neglects societal issues

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

February 24, 2015

Seemingly from birth, family and society team up to mold little ones into what they believe to be an upstanding “American citizen,” or at least someone fit to survive the struggles of life in the U.S. At home, Americans are usually taught the basis of some religion, how and what foods to cook and h...

Heads down society

Heads down society

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

February 24, 2015

Prologue — Last month my curious, scholarly 8-year-old grandson, “Mojo,” asked, “Hey grandad. What did you do when you were a kid without a computer, smartphone or the Internet?” My simple, concise, honest answer was, “Everything, baby boy, everything!” Have you intentionally observed or pai...

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