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You’re right, that’s wrong

You’re right, that’s wrong

By Editorial Board, The Advocate

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The reasons to protect freedom of speech are numerous and extremely practical. Censorship is exclusively the domain of oppressors. You can’t silence someone if you don’t have power over them, and every ruling class feels justified subduing their moral inferiors by any means necessary. The words,...

Requirement overhaul

Requirement overhaul

By The Advocate, Editorial Board

August 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

California State University officials enacted a policy that will remove intermediate algebra requirements for non-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors with the changes going into effect in fall of 2018 for students transferring from community colleges and incoming freshmen. Although...

Temporary disability, enduring empathy

Temporary disability, enduring empathy

By Anthony Kinny, Associate Editor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone that drives knows it’s nearly impossible for a car to get around on a flat tire. An unexpected flat can soil any plans of a good time, and can also ruin a good outfit if not careful when changing one. Although it’s an easy fix, a flat tire can throw an unpredictable twist into any comfortable...

Junior college sports produce high quality athletes, stories

By Erain Valdez, Social Media Editor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

With the start of the fall semester so starts the time for college sports with Division I institutions get- ting the bulk of the attention from media outlets around the country. Junior college sports are highly underrated and while the majority of the attention goes to these major universities,...

Dance groups highlight variety of styles

By Roxana Amparo, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Scene

Tango, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, reggaeton and more were on display for “Dance Jam 2017,” showcasing the talents of local dancers. “Dance Jam” nearly filled every seat in the John and Jean and Knox Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, delivering 16 quality performances that lef...

Punk band satisfies fans

Punk band satisfies fans

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Scene

Following up a classic album can be difficult for any band. Following up a classic album after 17 years is an exceptionally difficult task. Post-hardcore standouts At the Drive-In reached a high peak in the early 2000s releasing the influential “Relationship of Command.” “Interalia” (stylized...

Political violence weakens any republic

Political violence weakens any republic

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Communists and fascists feed each other. Both need a populace in fear to grow and they get that by bloodshed. There is literally no way anything good can come out of the recent violence in Berkeley. No matter who wins, we all lose. The communists are usually the ones who start the ugly cycle and it...

Democratic oligarchy

Democratic oligarchy

By The Advocate, Editorial Board

May 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Using student fees to pay any part of an employee’s salary at any public college without the consent of the majority of its student body is a transgression against democracy. Student Life departments at sister colleges Contra Costa and Diablo Valley are funneling student-generated funds to pay advisers, managers...

Fine delivers grim message

Fine delivers grim message

By Editorial Board, The Advocate

May 3, 2017


Filed under News, Opinion

The statewide push, propelled by the Student Senate of California Community Colleges (SSCCC), to universally ban all smoking of tobacco, marijuana and even e-cigarettes on campuses has trickled down to the district level. If this motion passes at the May 24 Contra Costa College District Governing Boar...

Blinding ‘love’ leads to emotional trauma

Blinding ‘love’ leads  to emotional trauma

By Jessica Suico, Advocate Staff

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In any successful relationship, friendship or marriage, three key ingredients are needed to prosper: trust, respect and love. When I was 15 years old I was blinded by love, totally immersed in the idea of having my first real boyfriend. We both came from a past of family abuse. In my house the abus...

Falcons’ pick shows nation Richmond spirit

Falcons’ pick shows nation Richmond spirit

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

May 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Former Comet football player and John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Takkarist McKinley was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 26th pick in the first round of 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday. McKinley claimed the draft’s highlight when NFL legend and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders interviewed him s...

Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

By Kyle Pierce, Advocate Staff

April 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

A fan’s relationship with their team is a complicated one. Fans endure a lot of emotions: the joy of scoring, the dejected feeling of watching your team fall behind, the frustration of terrible officiating, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Through the highs and lows, fans stay by th...

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