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We need to open up about mental health issues

Editorial Staff

May 5, 2016

Filed under Editorials, Opinion

For college students, stresses come easy because good grades don’t always. An inability to sort through these stressful feelings can manifest into symptoms of depression, or worse. Even something as simple as venting to a friend can go a long way in relieving tension. But as with fight club, the first rule of mental health ...

Doctors are the only safe providers of birth control

Oksana Barrios, Staff

May 5, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Access to birth control may now be as easy as taking a trip to the pharmacy, skipping a doctor altogether. But obvious benefits are outweighing the unclear costs. California State legislature originally passed the law SB 491, allowing females of all ages to pick up hormonal contraceptives from local pharmacies without having t...

How we reacted to Prince’s death says a lot about how we think

EJ Aguayo, Editor

April 23, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Post Malone said it best: “You gon’ love me when I’m gone.” Early Thursday morning, the world lost an iconic artist. Singer Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis home due to unknown causes, according to CNN. We saw Prince as a musical innovator, a no-holds-barred trendsetter and visionary. Also, his music sold...

NFL’s substance-abuse policy fails at-risk players

Matt Johnson, Editor

April 21, 2016

Filed under Sports, The Cheap Seats

When an NFL player fails a drug test and is suspended by the NFL, fans across social media chastise the player for being unable to give up marijuana when using it could bring an end t his career. While something could certainly be said about being unable to give up a substance when using it can lead to you losing your jo...

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump share more than a debate stage

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump share more than a debate stage

April 21, 2016

While much of the media attention has focused on Donald Trump, largely seen as the most radical and divisive Republican pre...

Why are we easing up on water conservation efforts again?

EJ Aguayo, Editor

April 20, 2016

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

As the weather begins to heat up, it’s not uncommon to see car-wash fundraisers with water left running aimlessly, or overflooding lawns as the result of someone forgetting to set a sprinkler timer. Stubbornly wasteful habits were large contributors to the coping difficulties California residents faced when emergency water use ...

Re; “Scholarship opportunites available on campus”

Cameron Crouch, Reader

April 13, 2016

Filed under Letters To the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Many students neglect to take advantage of this great opportunity to help raise funds for their continued education. I am personally a success story of applying and receiving one of CRC’s student scholarships. The entire process took less than an hour and was well worth it! Not only do you receive the monetary...

Re; “Students still need free college tuition”

Jenna Pulanco, Reader

April 13, 2016

Filed under Letters To the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, Hey. Thank you for putting out an opinion piece regarding free college tuition. I think that tuition should be free and that education should be free. Hopefully Obama's plan, America’s College Promise proposal, even though it fell through during his administration will be revived during whoever wins the next...

Whose lives matter?

EJ Aguayo, Editor

March 10, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The U.S. was founded on principles of theft through the genocide of its natives and the stolen labor of African slaves, but its citizens stand on pledges of freedom, liberty and justice for all who choose to settle on its soil. Depending on the skin color of whom you ask, those promises have been maintained. However, we sti...

Editorial: Colleges should not undermine accomplishments of skill builders

Editorial Staff

March 10, 2016

Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Community colleges exist to help students further themselves. Whether it’s in pursuit of a degree, transferring to a university or just looking to better themselves for their career, success should be measured in different ways. Currently, students who want to enhance their professional skills for employment, referred to ...

Editorial: Students still need free college tuition

Editorial Staff

March 10, 2016

Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Most students would jump for joy if free community college tuition actually became a reality. Between rent, living expenses and transportation, many people give up on the idea of going to college, believing that incurring debt from tuition costs isn’t worth it. In January 2015, President Barack Obama unveiled the America’s...

Women in politics are disturbingly objectified

Courtney Fong, Staff

March 6, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Women have played an essential role in American politics from the beginning, both behind-the-scenes as influential wives and directly as policy-making senators and governors. But in 2015, only six of the nation’s 50 governors were women, despite the fact that the first female governor took office nearly 100 years ago, acco...

The Apple that won’t crack

Matt Johnson and EJ Aguayo

February 26, 2016

Filed under Opinion

News of Apple’s non-compliance to the FBI’s court order to bypass encryption of an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has caused an uproar, sparking arguments of privacy versus limitations of national security. The case reintroduced a growing debate: should personal privacy be sacrificed in order to satis...

Split Decision: Will a higher minimum wage do more harm than good?

EJ Aguayo and Ashley Navarro

February 26, 2016

Filed under Opinion, Split Decisions

Pro: EJ Aguayo For many first-timers out in the job market, especially young adults, starting at minimum wage may not seem so bad. The plan is to move up a position or two, savor even the smallest pay raise and to eventually pursue better employment opportunities as that low wage was only supposed to be temporary, jus...

Oscar nominees lack diversity but not talent

Kayleen Carter, Staff

February 17, 2016

Filed under Current Affairs, Most Recent, Opinion

The 20 actors nominated this year for an Oscar award are white, which has brought into question the diversity of the awards. About 94 percent out of the nearly 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those who determine the winners through votes, are primarily white, according to an article from The E...

Editorial: Students should be aware of online footprint

Editorial Staff

February 17, 2016

Filed under Editorials, Most Recent, Opinion

Most social media regulars post freely, even when content isn’t necessarily appropriate, and often feeling guarded by a private profile. The term privacy should be used loosely in regards to social media. Social media and its many platforms have changed so much in the last decade. We’re constantly tapped into our ...

Donald Trump’s candidacy a national embarrassment

Matt Johnson, Staff

December 19, 2015

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Donald Trump is many things: a billionaire, a bully, self-obsessed and an entertainer. In his campaign to be the Republican nominee for president, the media has helped Trump propel the 2016 presidential race into a sensationalized embarrassment.   Trump lives off national attention as a narcissist. He is the dream interview for n...

Preventing climate change must remain a priority to protect our future

Sean Pastrana, Staff

November 23, 2015

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

The old adage “nothing lasts forever,” can be used to define an assortment of things in life such as: an intimate relationship gone stale, having a pet pass away or losing contact with a close-childhood friend. It could also be used to describe the constant changes of the Earth’s climate and the negative impacts it ...

“Right to Die” finally a right

Coy Granderson, Staff

November 23, 2015

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

When news of California becoming the fifth state to adopt the right to die legislation had reached me, I thought about the legislation, which gives terminally-ill patients the option of doctor assisted suicide, and had an epiphany. Apparently, God forgives suicide. According to Catholic and Christian doctrines, Christ all...

Cancer charities may not all have the same interests in mind

Cole McCarthy, Staff

November 11, 2015

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

When you give money to a charity, typically you intend for that money to help the cause, but some charities don’t use that money where it’s intended. Instead, they put it inside their own pockets to spend it on themselves. Marie Claire, an international magazine geared towards women, reported a case in which a lawsuit was ...

Sexualized kid’s Halloween costumes a point of concern

Taunika Ogans, Staff

November 4, 2015

Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion

Halloween is the one night of the year when people can dress outrageously out of the norm, becoming anything that they choose with just a bit of creativity. However, the struggle of finding an age appropriate costume for children is becoming more frustrating. Costumes that are meant for adults but replicated in children sizes have been incre...

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