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Gendered bathrooms hinder progress

Gendered bathrooms hinder progress

By Benjamin Bassham, news editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The whole notion of transgender bathrooms is redundant; this country has solved the problem of segregated bathrooms before. When they were segregated by race the solution was to get over our collective hang-ups and let group A and group B use the same bathrooms. This time the proposed solution is t...

Immoral ethics dictate policies

Immoral ethics dictate policies

By Advocate Staff

September 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Over the past two weeks, president Trump escalated his assault on the Mexican community and American values after pardoning the racist and criminal Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and then ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shortly after. Although neither DACA recipients or un...

LGBTQ community faces inner conflict

LGBTQ community faces inner conflict

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Throughout the history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning movement the fight for acceptance in society has been paramount in the conflict that has entrenched a community continuing to battle outsiders for its equal treatment. From the impromptu and violent protests of the Stone...

Progress stunted by extreme perspectives

Progress stunted by extreme perspectives

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In the wake of this month’s events in Charlottesville many government officials and average citizens have made a point to denounce acts of violence spurned by racism and white supremacy. However, denunciation is a very low bar to meet. We all saw the repercussions of unchecked, unabashed violenc...

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...

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