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NCAA sells dreams: student-athletes finessed

NCAA sells dreams: student-athletes finessed

By Alex Kwasniza, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018

It’s 2018, the NCAA hit an all-time high for annual revenue of more than $1 billion last year, universities are raking in hundreds of millions in sports revenue and coaches are making millions upon millions of dollars each year. Yet, for some absurd reason, student-athletes go to sleep every night...

Camping provides active, affordable means of entertainment

Camping provides active, affordable means of entertainment

By Jackson Stephens, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018

Attempting to juggle relaxation and staying active on the weekend can be a daunting task. Camping is the best activity in the Bay Area that can incorporate these elements, while feeling like being on an under-budget mini-vacation. Finding free time on the weekend is precious and after a long week of...

Economic policies fuel need for DACA

By Cindy Pantoja, Staff writer

October 24, 2018

How would you feel if by the time you finished college, thousands of dollars in debt, opportunities were limited because the government planned to revoke your work permit ending the possibility of you ever having a well-paid job? This was the sentiment of nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood...

Student-parent seeks community connection

Student-parent seeks community connection

By Cindy Pantoja, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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