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Getting lost in a digital world

Getting lost in a digital world

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Scene, Showcase

An all too common narrative in media is the way technology makes our society more connected than at any point in history while simultaneously making us emotionally detached from one another. As with any common message, the key is presenting it in an original, thought-provoking manner and the Contra...

Suitcase brings innovation

Suitcase brings innovation

By Janet Lira, Advocate Staff

March 20, 2019


Filed under Campus Beat, Showcase

In a partnership with We Care Solar through Cal State-East Bay, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at Contra Costa College is working to build prototypes of solar-powered suitcases in hopes of providing renewable energy to developing countries. These suitcases offer SHPE members...

Gaming professionals need league support

Gaming professionals need league support

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

From packing approximately 2,000 people in a room to watch “Starcraft” to selling out Madison Square Garden for the League of Legends World Championships, esports is consistently growing and evolving with more talented players and big money coming in from investors. ESPN announced the Collegiate...

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Scene, Showcase

PITTSBURG ­— Audience members were treated to a journey of heartbreak spread throughout the trials and tribulations of a young gay Latino immigrant here Friday during the production “Mi Vida Loca.” The California Theatre opened a two-night showing of Contra Costa College drama department Chairperson...

Pitcher sets tone as BVC play begins

Pitcher sets tone as BVC play begins

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Intensity and drive are two of the words that coaches and teammates use to describe Comet left-handed pitcher Conner Rudy. Following the Comets rough 0-13 start this season, the team seemed drained after facing top opponents in non-conference play. In the opening game of Bay Valley Conference play...

Comets beat LMC in dramatic fashion

Comets beat LMC in dramatic fashion

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

March 13, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

A confrontation cleared both benches following the game-winning bunt that gave the Comets a 6-5 walk-off victory in the 10th inning against the Los Medanos College (7-11 overall and 0-2 in the BVC) Friday afternoon at the Baseball Field. The post-game scuffle around the mound quickly turned a celebratory...

‘Figure it out, lead the way’

‘Figure it out, lead the way’

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

March 13, 2019


Filed under Campus Beat, Showcase

A panel of Superior Court judges and district attorneys from across California shared their experiences as women in law with an audience of women’s rights advocates in celebration of International Women’s Day in GE-225 on Friday. Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema delivered a keynote speech...

Hunting for sport blurs moral compass

Hunting for sport blurs moral compass

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Since the dawn of human evolution, sports and sporting events have contributed to human growth and development by incorporating skills used to survive with competitive activity. Oftentimes, a fun spirited game that includes the thrill and agony of a win, coupled with a golden trophy, seems to be an...

Workshop helps research family history

Workshop helps research family history

By Luis Lopez, Advocate Staff

March 13, 2019


Filed under Campus Beat, Showcase

For those interested in uncovering the lineage of their family roots, Contra Costa College will be providing hands on help and guidance with genealogy research Saturday and March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library and Learning Resource Center. The Genealogy for Beginner’s workshop will be...

Teachers fight for pay raise

Teachers fight for pay raise

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

March 6, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

OAKLAND — With the popular slogan, “When we strike, we win,” the Oakland schools teachers union organized a seven-day strike before reaching a tentative agreement granting them an 11 percent increase in salary over four years plus a 3 percent bonus upon returning to work. Conditions were finally...

Student life adviser moves positions

Student life adviser moves positions

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under Campus Beat, Showcase

Following the departure of former Outreach Coordinator Maryam Attai earlier this semester, Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson- Shanks will assume her vacated position. Nickelson-Shanks will remain as student life coordinator until the college hires a replacement while he learns and transitions...

Comets lack focus, lose 21-3

Comets lack focus, lose 21-3

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

In a failed attempt to erase a sting of 12 consecutive losses, the Comets (0-13 overall) were bludgeoned by Hartnell College 21-3 in an eight-inning mercy rule shortened contest Friday at the Baseball Field. Comet coach Brian Guinn and Panther coach Travis Babin met at home plate in between the eighth...

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