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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...

NBA all-star game needs a reset

NBA all-star game needs a reset

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
February 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

In the second half of the 66th annual NBA All-Star game on Sunday in New Orleans, two big men from the Eastern Conference squad had a breakaway two-on-one opportunity. The only player left to defend them was Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. How did Curry respond? He laid down on his stomach at the fr...

Will “Putin-gate” derail progressive resistance?

Will “Putin-gate” derail progressive resistance?

Craig Collins Ph.D.,
CSUEB Lecturer
February 22, 2017
Filed under Letter to Editor, Opinion, Politics

Craig Collins, Ph.D. teaches political science and environmental law at California State University East Bay and was a founding member of the Green Party of California. If events in Washington (and Moscow) continue to unfold as they have over the last few months, it appears that the groundsw...

Be prepared, more storms on the way

Be prepared, more storms on the way

Daina Charland-Sulaver,
Senior Manager PG&E
February 22, 2017
Filed under Letter to Editor, Metro

With more wet weather on its way, PG&E reminds customers to have an emergency plan. In case of an evacuation, consider the following tips to stay safe: Create an emergency preparedness kit. Include food, water, personal supplies, medication and equipment such as portable radios and flas...

You can still be tickled pink about Valentine’s Day

You can still be tickled pink about Valentine’s Day

Veronica Hall,
Layout Designer
February 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a fun experience. We ate candy with our friends and made heart-shaped arts and crafts, all while passing out Valentines Day cards to the whole class. Back then, everyone was our valentine. Fast forward to college, where the Valentine’s Day experience is more complicated. A...

The love of Pablo

The love of Pablo

Sean Serrano,
Contributor
February 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and I have the same love I had this time last year: rapper Kanye West’s album, “The Life of Pablo.” West’s seventh studio album came out on Feb. 14, 2016 and it’s withstood the test of time. This album is a masterpiece and shows the true greatness that W...

‘America First’ will leave us last

‘America First’ will leave us last

Daisy Ortiz,
Contributor
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics

I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Madrid, Spain for the 2015-2016 school year. Spain has experienced an economic recession since 2007 and yet I saw the people of Madrid — Madrilenos — going about their everyday lives with vigor: they still indulged in “tapas,” took their afternoon “...

My quarter-life crisis

My quarter-life crisis

Michelle Johnson,
Contributor
February 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

After five and half years of taking classes, I will finally graduate from college in June. I’m excited, and I can see the finish line as I complete this chapter in my life. However, despite my excitement, I’m also stressed, anxious and uncertain of what’s to come for me. On June 10, I will jo...

My vegan journey: Transitioning from carnivore to herbivore

My vegan journey: Transitioning from carnivore to herbivore

Evelyn Tijero,
Photographer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Six months ago, I decided I was tired of consuming food that put corpses on my plate, so I became vegan. Being vegan is a lifestyle that avoids all animal food products such as meat, milk, cheese, eggs and honey. It also excludes products like leather, and products tested on animals, according to The ...

Women, arm yourselves with IUD’s

Women, arm yourselves with IUD’s

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

With Donald Trump now officially the president of the United States, and women’s reproductive rights on the chopping block, one thing is for certain: I will be getting that precautionary IUD birth control method before it’s too late. On Monday, just one day after the 44th anniversary of la...

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