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Racial profiling used to ensure national security

Racial profiling used to ensure national security

By Mark Wassberg, Staff writer

February 24, 2015

Racial profiling is when law enforcement officers detain, search or arrest an individual due to his or her ethnicity. In the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, racial profiling was not used. The story is that Brown robbed a convenience store of several cigarillos. In the process he assaulted ...

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By Editorial Board

February 11, 2015

The Contra Costa Community College District is less than three months away from making a decision that might reduce the length of the spring and fall semesters each by two weeks. Making the switch to a compressed calendar of 16 weeks from the current semester length of 18 weeks would potentially enab...

Holiday neglects love, promotes spending

Holiday neglects love, promotes spending

By Janae Harris, Assistant Photo Editor

February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day is Saturday and once again overpriced flowers, candy and cards surround me. Everywhere I turn, red and pink signs of materialistic love cover billboards and flood advertisements. It is all just a commercialized false holiday that reminds single people that they’re alone. There ar...

Many car owners are negligent, unaware

Many car owners are negligent, unaware

By Cody Casares, Assistant Photo Editor

February 11, 2015

Working as an automotive technician, inspecting  cars has provided me with horrific insight into how people treat the vehicles they are so dependent on. Why is it that people spend tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, on such an important item, yet do not take the time to learn how to proper...

Student athletes overlook options while making academic leap

Student athletes overlook options while making academic leap

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

February 11, 2015

The decision to move on from community college athletics to the next level, whatever that may be, is a question most student-athletes dream of facing. Although the percentage of athletes who will continue their playing career decreases as the required skill and fitness levels increase, student-athlet...

Weighing unknowns

Weighing unknowns

By Editorial Board

February 3, 2015

Contra Costa Community College District made an excellent decision to allow other colleges in the state to test how to manage a career technical education baccalaureate program before making the attempt. It can be uneasy being the first to do something, especially if that means having to run and fu...

Constructing education

Constructing education

By Editorial Board

January 27, 2015

Students hastily going from class to class may not realize they are witnessing the evolution of Contra Costa College, but despite ignorance are no less guilty of stressing the change. Without students, why spend $52 million to build the Campus Center the first step in the campus modernization projec...

Fundamental flaws in law

Fundamental flaws in law

By The Advocate Editorial Board

December 10, 2014

House Republicans worked themselves into a full rage spiral over President Obama’s recent executive order to bring roughly 5 million migrant workers out of the shadows and into society where they belong. The executive order to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows people ...

Tickets replace taxes in lives of urban poor

Tickets replace taxes in lives of urban poor

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

December 10, 2014

Protest has long been an important strand woven into a cloak of liberty and independence that collectively shrouds all of us as Americans. After the non-indictment decision of officer Darren Wilson for the killing of teenager Mike Brown, marches and protests erupted across the country resulting in riots ...

Selective outrage coloring America’s future

Selective outrage coloring America’s future

By Rodney Woodson, Associate Editor

December 10, 2014

There is no one woman or man to have ever made the decision to be born a certain gender, into a certain culture or as a specific race — so why is race held in such high regard in U.S. society? Being born a certain race is no different than being born with a butt or a nose — it just comes with t...

What’s wrong with weird?

What’s wrong with weird?

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

December 10, 2014

When you traverse the relaxing roads of the East Bay or enjoy a scenic stroll across the Cal-Berkeley campus, you will probably be privy to conversations in at least 30 different languages including American Sign Language (ASL). “Name-calling” aka “talking smack” or “negative labeling” is o...

Veterans get no respect

Veterans get no respect

By Manning Peterson, Staff Writer

November 20, 2014

“No one has been barred on account of his race for fighting or dying for America – There are no “white” or “colored” signs on the battlefields." — U.S. President John F. Kennedy   Before and after each visit to any Veterans Administration Health Services Center (VA), I practice co...

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