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Veterans’ coordinator brings experience, hope

TeJae Dunnivant is the college’s new veterans’ coordinator this semester after the position remained vacant for nearly a year.

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019

After a prolonged period without a veterans’ outreach coordinator, Contra Costa College hired TeJae Dunnivant to fill that void at the start of the 2019 spring semester. The position was open for nearly a year after Dedan Kimathi Ji Jaga resigned as the coordinator last spring. This hire comes...

Student government seeks rebranding

The Associated Students Union meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Student Life Office to discuss plans and issues related to students on campus.

By Cindy Pantoja, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2019

The Associated Students Union (ASU) began the 2019 spring term with a new president who plans to have a new approach toward student success. The ASU is the student government run by students who represent the interests of students at Contra Costa College. It consists of two branches, the Executive...

In perfect harmony

Members 
(left to right)Nino-Angelo Lastimoso, Matthew Chamberlain, 
Natasha Singer, Joseph Saeteurn, Laura Karst and Jesse Chao make up Contra Costa College’s JAZZ-ology.

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

February 13, 2019

Beautiful horizons continue to shine ever more clear for the award-winning musical group from Contra Costa College following their performance for a national audience of fellow musicians. JAZZ-ology was one of six groups selected to perform at the National Convention of Jazz Educators on the weekend...

Library forgives fees

Library forgives fees

By Luis Lopez, Advocate Staff

February 6, 2019

As of Jan. 1 of this year, any past fees owed to any of the 26 branches of the Contra Costa County public library system have been waived. This means that any money that was previously owed for past due, lost books or DVDs will no longer be collected. Contra Costa County is the largest county in...

Dorothy Wendt: An unmatched pioneer

Aquatics teacher Dorothy Wendt demonstrates a movement to her class. Wendt was the college’s swim instructor for 25 years

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 6, 2019

Former women’s basketball and softball coach Dorothy Wendt, commonly known as “Dottie,” was not just a pioneer for he two sports at Contra Costa College, but the entire athletic program on campus. As a coach in the pre-Title IX era, Wendt worked hard to give her student-athletes an opportunity...

Evan Thompson thrives with increased role

Comet guard Evan Thompson dives for a loose ball in a basketball game against Diablo Valley College. Thompson leads the Comets in scoring.

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

February 6, 2019

As the Comet’s practice intensified, Evan Thompson got his turn doing a full court dribbling drill. After gliding past the initial two defenders Thompson was contested strongly at the basket but was able to go up strong to score on his teammate. He let out a yell that rang throughout the gym and hu...

Injustice breeds social change

Injustice breeds social change

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

December 5, 2018

California and the Bay Area, specifically, is the birthplace to an infinite of number of activist movements and figures representing various causes. Through time, consistent injustices between government officials and their constituencies have persisted, beginning with the removal of Native American...

Environment slowly dies

Environment slowly dies

By Michael Santone, Editor-In-Chief

December 5, 2018

From the conservation efforts set in the forested foothills to the pollution police in the lowlands by the bay, the San Francisco Bay Area is steep in environmental activism history. Since the early 1960s, concerns over air, sea and land pollution from the newly coined environmentalists spearheaded...

Communal actions heal

Oakland resident Thoineisha Finley doubledutch jumps while pregnant during the

By Joel Umanzor, Sports Editor

December 5, 2018

Many people view community activism as a term that solely focuses on the political movement that occurs within a community. Many view advocacy through a lens that often colors actions as “radical” or “unconventional.” Ultimately, what community activism entails is the tying of unique individuals...

Political organizers express democracy

Sacramento resident Darnell Canfield (middle) and his son chant in front of a protest line in downtown Sacramento, California.

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

December 5, 2018

The strength of a democracy lies in how the masses utilize their voice and presence to keep those in power accountable. Societies across the globe have varying degrees of freedom of speech and in many places, authoritarian regimes simply strip that power away from the public. Political activism is a...

Civil engineer discusses STEM

Civil engineer discusses STEM

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

November 14, 2018

Students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors gathered in GE-225 on Friday afternoon to listen to an informational seminar from civil engineer Tawfic Halaby. Halaby has 17 years of experience as a civil engineer and is currently the senior civil engineer for the city of...

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