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Musician awarded for dramatic composition

Musician awarded for dramatic composition

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

Internal drive fuels artistic creativity

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

Coronavirus sparks nationwide concern

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

Acclaimed nursing professor retires

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

Educating black minds

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

Activist forms Rainbow Club

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

Divine appointment changes mother’s life

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

Local eatery gains following with great chicken

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

Promise kept for a friend

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...

Vaping dangers under scrutiny

Vaping dangers under scrutiny

By Luis Lopez, Advocate Staff

September 18, 2019

In an effort to address a growing health epidemic for America’s youth, the Richmond City Council has voted to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and vape products like the popular Juul e-cigarette. The ban will begin in 2020 and is aimed at all electronic cigarette products that have not yet...

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