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Arming school faculty furthers America’s gun violence issues

Arming school faculty furthers America’s gun violence issues

By Alondra Gallardo, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With everything going on today, arming teachers seems to be America’s next step toward insanity. Will officers protect the rights of every teacher who chooses to carry a gun, or will they shoot them? Will it matter if the teacher is black or white? Educator and African-American civil rights activist Kell...

Limited instructor availability sullies learning environment

Limited instructor availability sullies learning environment

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2018


Filed under Forum, Opinion

California community colleges have followed an evolving trend of hiring easily replaceable part-time professors instead of cultivating a crop of costly, yet better prepared,  tenured-track employees. Students everywhere know the pain of tracking down professors with erratic office hours only to fin...

Lack of campus liaisons foster divide in community relations

Lack of campus liaisons foster divide in community relations

By Editorial Board

February 20, 2018


Filed under Forum, Opinion

Over the past year, the Contra Costa Community College District has continued what some see as a disturbing trend of decreasing the number of people of color in leadership positions at Contra Costa College. On Thursday, CCC President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh announced she would be returning to her old post at...

Rap on repeat: Xanax, coke, weed and lean

Rap on repeat: Xanax, coke, weed and lean

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Drugs and music go together like rock stars and rehab. Even before the cocaine-fueled dance parties that thrived in 70s disco clubs to today’s promethazine-induced comas at house parties, music and drugs have always been fused to invoke a euphoric getaway for those who indulge. Spanning across g...

Halftime performance echoes NFL problems

Halftime performance echoes NFL problems

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Ever since Colin Kaepernick was effectively blackballed from participating in the 2017 NFL season, football just hasn’t been the same and although I haven’t watched a complete game this season, my efforts fall short of a full boycott. This past weekend, the biggest American sporting event of the...

Mainstream movements obstruct real feminism

By Alondra Gallardo, Opinion Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Issues that affect white women, affect women of color even more.

Renewed efforts can set pace for clean Dream Act

Renewed efforts can set pace for clean Dream Act

By Editorial Board

December 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The lives of the thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States at a young age are at risk of deportation once their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issued work permit and protection from deportation expires. They will no longer be protected under the Obama administration ...

Rape culture ingrained into minds of men

Rape culture ingrained into minds of men

By Rob Clinton, Opinion Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Any man that grew up in America, between the invention of the television and today has been immersed in rape culture for the entirety of his existence. Having been steeped in this ethos does not guarantee predatory behavior, but it does lend credence to the idea that discriminatory practices agains...

Concerns arise due to lack of planning, vetting process

Concerns arise due to lack of planning, vetting process

By Editorial Board

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Assembly Bill 19 was written to pay tuition fees for first-year college students coming from low-income backgrounds. But funds for the bill have yet to be secured. The bill would establish that California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley be responsible for administering and allotting fun...

Texas trip spurs fears, concerns over racist law

By Denis Perez, Editor-In-Chief

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Last month I visited Dallas, Texas with fears and expectations of racism and minoritization due to regional racism. In Texas, Senate Bill 4 allows law enforcement  to detain a suspected immigrant and ask them to provide green card identification or be deported. This extends to college and universit...

Diversity, inclusivity lack complete presence on campus

Diversity, inclusivity lack complete presence on campus

By Editorial Board

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

At Contra Costa College, a diverse student body dominates the cultural atmosphere, amplifying dialogue and unity within the college administration. During the 2017 fall semester this collective embrace of the adversities faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning as well as DACA (De...

Machismo culture honors men, demeans women

By Alondra Gallardo, Advocate Staff

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As a Latina, I will not forget the day I sat in the doctor’s office with my adult guardian and the doctor telling me I am due for my Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV) Vaccine — a shot recommended for young adults that helps prevent HPV. My guardian quickly responded by saying, no, she is not to be...

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