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Fund shortage dooms initiative

Fund shortage dooms initiative

By Editorial Board

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office initiated a plan to alleviate students of their financial burdens by teaching financial literacy throughout all of California’s 114 community colleges. Although the plan aims to strengthen students’ knowledge on community college campuses a...

Veterans perspective guides moral sensibilities

Veterans perspective guides moral sensibilities

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Spotlight

As the National Football League enters its eighth week and teams still struggle to get anything going on offense (cough, cough…49ers…) Super Bowl quarterback turned activist turned America’s favorite villain is still out of a job. Good ol’ American “Patriots” (not the football team) continu...

Brand name clothes overrated

By Denis Perez, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion

Growing up I always longed to wear top brand-named clothing to feel comfortable at school, until my late teens when I realized it was better to have been raised to not care for them. Much of my adolescent life revolved around fitting in in a new land that my parents had immigrated to for a better life...

Overhyped performance authentic, yet inadequate

Overhyped performance authentic, yet inadequate

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Protest has been around since the inception of America, but like all other things once deemed unpopular, the idea is at the mercy of a common scourge of the oppressed — gentrification. Last week hip-hop icon Eminem performed at the BET Hip-Hop Music Awards and through a mediocre freestyle, gave a sc...

In, out mindset mars learning

In, out mindset mars learning

By Editorial Board

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the cost of college tuition increases, community colleges are seen as a revolving door on the path to higher education. With a lower per unit cost than four-year institutions, which average $8,855 per year minus room and board, many community and junior colleges are fast-tracking student access to...

Day honors truth, people

Day honors truth, people

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Despite the “white-washing” of traditional American history books, the conveniently forgotten perspective of Columbus as a brutal murderer, rapist and willing participant in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade is slowly becoming a topic of discussion throughout classrooms, libraries and dinner t...

History is remembered by names

History is remembered by names

By Robert Clintont, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Throughout American history, the commemoration of national holidays have served as a way to remember the sacrifices made by figures who may go forgotten. Columbus Day is no exception — minus the whitewashing. The slow dissolution of Columbus Day, recognized as a federal holiday since 1...

Qualifying blunder raises questions

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

After a disgraceful loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup qualifying tournament, the United States men’s national soccer team has been exiled from participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last time the USMNT was left out of a World Cup was in 1986, when Mexico hosted the event. Now...

District resists federal action on sexual harassment cases

District resists federal action on sexual harassment cases

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Despite the efforts of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to restructure the way sexual harassment cases are adjudicated on college campuses, the Contra Costa Community College District continues to go above federal standards to protect sexual harassment victims. Using existing programs l...

Right-wing regime must be challenged physically

Right-wing regime must be challenged physically

By Ryan Geller, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s not exactly happiness that I feel when I see violence breaking out at right-wing demonstrations between black clad “antifa” and right-wing extremists. It’s gratitude. I’m thankful for the “antifa” violence at right-wing demonstrations. Not because I fear that right-w...

Chemical Overload

Chemical Overload

By Editorial Board

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Sitting tucked between towering refineries are multiple communities all wait- ing for the next shelter-in-place alarm to throw into question their health and general safety. Despite the vast amounts of information regarding the dangers of pollution released by many of these refineries, people ...

Language deficiency triggers shame

Language deficiency triggers shame

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Forum, Opinion

If someone would have told me that losing my native tongue’s proficiency would mean bringing shame to my culture and would cause uncertainty with where I fit in, I wouldn’t have believed them. But when you are living proof of the struggle that comes with adapting to an unfamiliar playground fro...

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