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Health and Human Services offer guidance for students

Health and Human Services offer guidance for students

By Stacie Guevara, Associate Editor

April 7, 2020

Many Contra Costa College students are struggling with the newly implemented remote instruction, and health and human services (HHS) major Kristin Lobos is no exception. As a breast cancer survivor, single mother, hairstylist, spring 2020 graduate, president of the HHS Club and administrative aide t...

Musician awarded for dramatic composition

Ninoangelo Lastimosa collaborated with drama professor Carlos-Manuel Chavarria on the music composition for the play “Frida Kahlo: The Artist; The Woman.”

By Stacie Guevara, Associate Editor

March 4, 2020

Music major Ninoangelo Lastimosa has been awarded third place for Sound Design — Meritorious Achievement for original sound/music composition and realized sound design for his work on drama department Chairperson Carlos-Manuel Chavarria’s “Frida Kahlo: The Artist; The Woman.” From Feb. 16-22,...

Internal drive fuels artistic creativity

Multi-dimensional art student Steven Bernt presents his multi-faceted artwork entitled “Growth” is presently being shown in the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5.

By Cindy Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief

March 4, 2020

Contra Costa College students are known to strive for greatness, and artist Steven Berndt is no exception. Berndt has always been interested in creating art out of different materials and combining color palettes. “I’ve been painting for quite a while. When I was a child, I used to like airplanes...

Coronavirus sparks nationwide concern

Information that spots that places in California where cases of the novel coronavirus have appeared with information up to date on March 3, 2020. Sourced by the Los Angeles Times.

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 4, 2020

A new virus is spreading across the globe at such a rapid rate that scientists have hardly had any time to learn about it. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is thought to spread person-to-person and there are a few factors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discovered that play...

Acclaimed nursing professor retires

Dr. Sandra Castillo-Alward is one of Contra Costa College’s most treasured professors and has now retired after over 35 years as a nursing professor, program director and friendly face around campus. Dr. Castillo-Alward has retired for the second and final time after cherishing her time here.

By Stacie Guevara, News Editor

February 19, 2020

Dr. Sandra Castillo-Alward is one of Contra Costa College’s most treasured professors and has now retired after over 35 years as a nursing professor, program director and friendly face around campus. Dr. Castillo-Alward has retired for the second and final time after cherishing her time here. Before...

Transfer counselor propels students

By Wanda Gonzalez, Advocate Staff

February 19, 2020

Transfer counselor Andrea Phillips has had an immensely positive impact on first generation college students at Contra Costa College for years. From organizing college readiness events on campus, to creating personalized educational plans for students, Phillips has done it all in an effort to help s...

Educating black minds

African American studies major Tiye Gordon (middle) has taken up the leadership role in the Black Student Union this semester and hopes to lead a group of black students to promote black-oriented education and create a safe space to breed a black identity.

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

October 23, 2019

Tiye Gordon’s educational journey and life experiences have led her to Contra Costa College to study African American studies and have given her the motivation to lead the Black Student Union (BSU). “I want to create a study space for black students,” Gordon said After graduating high school...

Activist forms Rainbow Club

Rainbow Club President Alfredo Angulo has established the club to represent Contra Costa College’s LGBTQ population.

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

October 23, 2019

Young political activists don’t often focus on one issue because as one issue is tackled, inter-sectional problems present themselves. For an activist, this is seen as an opportunity to enact further positive change. For sophomore political science major Alfredo Angulo, his activism and participation...

Divine appointment changes mother’s life

Kristine Kilian Lobos (right) shakes hands and greets a new friend on campus on Oct. 4.

By Janice Spraggins, Advocate Staff

October 9, 2019

The first time Kristin Kilian Lobos stepped foot on the small San Pablo community college campus was when her daughter was a guest speaker for a drug and alcohol prevention assembly at Middle College High School at Contra Costa College. That divine appointment opened the door to Lobos’ decision...

Local eatery gains following with great chicken

Victor Jiminez prepares loaded fries for customers on Rumrill Street at a pop-up location of Loaded Chickn on Oct. 5.

By Janet Lira, Advocate Staff

October 9, 2019

An all-time favorite, fried chicken, takes a new spin with trendy ingredients and recipes at a locally owned pop up diner — Loaded Chickn. Delivering fresh made-to-order dishes, the new eatery has progressively gone up the charts in popularity and uniqueness for East Bay foodies. Usually the...

Promise kept for a friend

Robin Lopez is a METAS tutor who has won an award from the National Science Foundation for his project proposing a plan to fight climate change.

By Jose Rivera, Advocate Staff

October 9, 2019

Robin López is an extraordinary human being who was born in Oakland but grew up in the streets of Richmond and San Pablo — three cities that recognize the potential in its young people, “potential that still needs to be tapped into” as López likes to say. The East Bay native is an example...

Migrant tales unite campus

Migrant tales unite campus

By Denis Perez, Cindy Pantoja, Luis Cortes, and Jose Rivera

October 2, 2019

Members of the Advocate Editorial Board show solidarity with Contra Costa College students from migrant families who feel their status or background will prohibit them from achieving their goals. Below, editors share personal migration stories from their home countries to the U.S. and the danger that sh...

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