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Taylor Swift’s holiday album intrigues but fails to resonate

Taylor Swift’s holiday album intrigues but fails to resonate

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Scene

Admittedly, I missed the meteoric rise to fame of the Pennsylvania native and pop star mogul Taylor Swift over the past 15 years. Like many with my musical sensibilities, I was abruptly introduced to America’s latest sweetheart and the idol of fair-haired girls globally in 2009 at the MTV Video Music ...

iPhone drives advancement of mobile technology

iPhone drives advancement of mobile technology

By Sean Austin, Advocate Staff

November 22, 2017


Filed under Scene

In advance of the holiday season, Apple introduced customers and longtime aficionados to the culmination of 10 years of work devoted to a product that would change the way people interact with their mobile device. The iPhone X, even with its high price tag of $999, shows that Apple isn't afraid to...

Photography gallery showcases talent, progress in students

Photography gallery showcases talent, progress in students

By Louis Cano, Assistant Photo-Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Scene, Showcase, Spotlight

The Eddie Rhodes gallery is known for hosting professional artists, but currently, photography students have been given the opportunity to display their photos outside of the classroom — for the campus community to enjoy. Varied photos expressing the diverse perspectives of student-photographers can ...

Spirit of rhyme drives youth tale

Spirit of rhyme drives youth tale

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Finding a passion to act as an emotional outlet is one thing that teenagers will seek out to aid their struggles. That outlet can be drawing, basketball, writing — or hip-hop. “How We Got On,” the second play of the drama department’s fall semester lineup, is a coming-of-age tale of three t...

Coffee startup offers locally sourced beans

Coffee startup offers locally sourced beans

By Tony Gojilde, Advocate Staff

November 14, 2017


Filed under Scene

The FasTrack Coffee Company is a startup coffee store that offers fast food and locally sourced coffee and espresso beverages that is suited more for the Starbucks crowd than it is to real coffee enthusiasts. The café/drive-thru claims in its website that it has the “Best coffee in the Bay Area. H...

Fear, joy fill Knox Center

Fear, joy fill Knox Center

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, Scene, Showcase

As night fell on Halloween, a carnival scare house in the John and Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts administered a healthy dose of screams and thrills for the first time in a decade. It took about two minutes to traverse the maze of clown-filled, carnival-themed horrors such as a cannibalisti...

Shadowy figures leave chills down the spines of college personnel

Shadowy figures leave chills down the spines of college personnel

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

November 1, 2017


Filed under Scene

Walking down the narrow dimly lit hallway of the Biological Sciences Building after hours as you intend to lock up the premises, a sudden feeling of a presence builds behind you. You turn around to see a shadowy figure walking toward the bathroom, but the echo chamber-like hallway produces no footsteps....

‘Zombie Town’ debuts, uses lively characters to inspire laughter

‘Zombie Town’ debuts,  uses lively characters   to inspire laughter

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Scene, Showcase

Zombies, blood and brains take center stage in “Zombie Town,” a satirical spoof opening the drama department’s 2017-18 season. Written by Tim Bauer and directed by drama professor Tara Blau, the documentary-style play is loaded with witty banter and slapstick comedy brought to life by a wonde...

Alternative cookie dough parlor serves up varied, tasty nibbles

Alternative cookie dough parlor serves up varied, tasty nibbles

By Tony Gojilde, Advocate Staff

October 30, 2017


Filed under Scene

The Cookie Dough Parlor in Pinole is a confectionery dream, following the new trend of cookie craze and serving both safe-to-eat cookie dough and ice cream in deliciously enticing recipes. Husband and wife Pezhman Pakneshan and Mahsa Gholami opened their store to bring their vision of flavors to ice...

Sci-Fi revival suffers from inconsistent storytelling

Sci-Fi revival suffers from inconsistent storytelling

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Scene

The “Star Trek” series for a new generation successfully crafts an interesting world full of potential but leaves doubts with inconsistent storytelling. “Star Trek: Discovery” is the first Star Trek television series in 12 years. The weekly series is four episodes into its 15-episode first s...

Debutante musician sets high standard

Debutante musician sets high standard

By Louis Cano, Advocate Staff

October 11, 2017


Filed under Scene, Showcase

he wait for Sabrina Claudio’s full-length project is finally over with the release of her new mixtape “About Time,” and according to her fans it’s a masterpiece. Music aficionados may remember her early work, mostly on YouTube, when she would upload covers of her favorite songs. One of her...

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