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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...

Student models compassionate leader

Student models compassionate leader

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

May 15, 2019

After going through the 2019-20 student trustee position orientation, Muslim Student Association member Hasna Alawadi’s excitement toward the position grew. The position mandates she has a say in the way the Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board thinks as a whole. Alawadi would...

Captain champions low-income students

Captain champions low-income students

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

May 15, 2019

Economics major Shreejal Luitel has continuously enlightened his community with strings of ideas, coordinated plans and direct actions. Since completing an intensive microeconomics boot camp at the University of Chicago, the Middle College High School junior co-created Richmond Codes in 2017 to breed...

Leonard McNeil inspires through life work

Leonard McNeil inspires through life work

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

May 15, 2019

After a long battle with prostate cancer, former San Pablo mayor and Contra Costa College adjunct professor of political science Leonard McNeil passed away in his San Pablo home on April 14. A memorial service was held to honor the life of the activist, community leader and educator in the Knox Cente...

Motherhood mixes with school, life

Motherhood mixes with school, life

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

May 15, 2019

Entering into motherhood can be a wonderful blessing that brings with it many new responsibilities. Associated Student Union Vice President Laicee Brown is about to experience the amazing transition into motherhood and despite being a student, part of the ASU and going through the motions of pregna...

JAZZ-ology wins Downbeat award for a fourth year

JAZZ-ology wins Downbeat award for a fourth year

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

May 15, 2019

JAZZ-ology has received a Downbeat magazine award for a fourth year in a row as the group’s unique and burgeoning talents have been respected once again. Downbeat is a publication devoted solely to jazz and blues that was founded in 1934. The magazine has selected the CCC-based musical troupe to...

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