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Why it sucks to be an Oakland A’s fan

Why it sucks to be an Oakland A’s fan

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
April 5, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Sports

For baseball fans, April is the best month of the year. The MLB season just started and every team has a chance to be a champion, as least for a little while. However, not all fans are so lucky. An Oakland A’s fan since I was four-years-old, I am one of the unlucky fans who know we have no chance ...

‘Trumpcare’ failure buys Planned Parenthood more time

‘Trumpcare’ failure buys Planned Parenthood more time

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

On March 24, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a photo of 30 white, middle-aged men considering a bill that would affect the future of healthcare in America, including women’s reproductive rights. The photo, which was upsetting due to the lack of female representation, depicted members of the Hous...

Local arcades give gamers taste of nostalgia

Local arcades give gamers taste of nostalgia

Degen Gleason-Hyman,
Contributor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

I started playing video games when I was around nine years old. My first gaming system was the grey, rectangular Gameboy by Nintendo. As I got older I played with more portable systems, specifically the Gameboy Advance SP, the Nintendo DS Lite and lastly the Nintendo DSi. Those kept me busy until one day in my mid-t...

Not all immigrants are against Trump

Not all immigrants are against Trump

Justin Shiu,
Contributor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

Despite President Trump’s mocking attitude towards immigrants and anti-immigrant policies, immigrants in California and other “blue” states continue to support Trump. This confuses me. I am the son of conservative Chinese-American immigrants, so I questioned a few of my relatives and friends t...

My last spring break

My last spring break

Michelle Johnson,
Contributor
March 15, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion

After stressing through finals this past week, I will enjoy my last official spring break as a college student when the quarter ends tomorrow. I've been in school almost my entire life so spring break has been a yearly tradition for roughly 16 years. Life as a student will soon come to an end, inclu...

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

The new film “Get Out” is a turning point as a horror movie, and hopefully will inspire future filmmakers to take a different approach to making horror movies. When I saw the trailer for “Get Out,” I was looking forward to seeing a horror film that included a focus on African Americans, so...

Why community service is important

Why community service is important

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On a recent Saturday morning, I attended a clean up event held by the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, a program created by former Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney in 2007 to help reduce the amount of litter in Hayward. As I watched, 10 people including families, the mayor and city council memb...

Green card holders fear the new administration

Green card holders fear the new administration

Maira Sanchez,
Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics

Members of the Latino community, documented and undocumented, are looking for ways to formalize their presence in the United States because they fear they may be next on President Donald Trump’s “to-do” list. Trump issued an executive order forbidding the entrance of people from seven predomin...

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

In the summer of 2000, Hugh Jackman first donned the sideburns and claws of the mutant-Canadian Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine. Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, in “Logan,” hit the silver screen March 3. Since 2000, Jackman has reprised his role in nine different films. “Logan” w...

Cutting through the tattoo stigma

Cutting through the tattoo stigma

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

As I sat sweating in the leather chair in a hole-in-the-wall tattoo parlor in Concord on a recent Saturday, the smell of the sterilization spray was uncomfortably reminiscent of a doctor’s office. While I am deathly afraid of shots and will pass out at the sight of blood draws, it wasn’t t...

Extra video game content not worth extra cash

Extra video game content not worth extra cash

Degen Gleason-Hyman,
Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I couldn’t wait to open my copy of "Assassin’s Creed Syndicate" and start playing the open world video game when it was released on Oct. 23, 2015. I’m a huge fan of the series, so I was eager to play the eighth installment. But my excitement dwindled quickly: soon after the release, gam...

Oscar flub just one flaw in show

Oscar flub just one flaw in show

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
March 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

As I watched the cast and crew of “La La Land” accept the best picture award at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, I was mad. I thought about how African Americans won both best supporting actress, Viola Davis for “Fences” and best supporting actor, Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight.” And yet a...

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