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Minority veterans shouldn’t have to pick between pride in heritage, pride in serving

Ramiro Detrinidad, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019

It was my first year in the Navy and I was proud to have the privilege to serve, receiving gratitude from what I perceived to be genuinely kind people who saw a young man serving his country. I had no concept that this res...

We need to enjoy art for its own sake, not just for homework

Elizabeth Saubestre, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018

Art allows us to see things we otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to, and it allows us a break from the mundane. I grew up very much a theatre kid. Theatre and dance allowed me access into worlds that I wouldn’t otherwise ha...

Students should have more opportunities to study abroad

Valerie van den Broek, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018

Since I was young, my dream was to go to America to see more of the world. I loved growing up in The Netherlands but it was just too small for me — I needed to see more. There weren’t many opportunities for me to expand ...

It’s bittersweet for me to watch the Warriors dominate the court

Neil Erickson, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Watching the Warriors shatter every record, wipe house in the playoffs and crush the spirits of other teams is mind blowing to watch. But as a lifelong Warriors fan, it feels bittersweet. I was ecstatic to see my first NBA ga...

Part Mexican, part Dutch – how I’ve been alienated from society

Giancarlo Van Hemert, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

Growing up with a mixed heritage, I never felt like I belonged. I found myself juggling two cultures, neither of which quite fit me. While I’m proud of my mixed heritage, I didn’t give much thought to my ethnic background unti...

Microaggressions aren’t harmless – they cause great distress

Sierra Shelton, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018

No, you cannot touch my hair. It may be long, coily and braided, but my hair isn’t something for you to pick at, grab and announce in the ice cream section of Albertsons. Seriously, that’s just downright rude. Microag...

The stigma around depression needs to go. Here is my story

Jun Starkey, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018

Mental health is never easy to talk about. It can be difficult to talk about for those going through it, and those who haven’t often question it’s legitimacy. People who struggle with mental health are often accused of bein...

A golden girl in a pink world; Living through childhood cancer


October 21, 2016

In 2011 I began third quarter at a new school. Within a month my dad and stepmom had divorced. Within three, I was diagnosed with cancer. I was 15. “You have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Disease,” said Dr. Chao. “It’s a type of cancer. Your hair will fall out…...

City College saves the life of this former addict and ‘grateful felon’

JON VREELAND, Channels Staff

April 29, 2016

Not even three years ago, I was speeding up Highway 101 at 3 a.m. in a silver sports car with two surfboards in back and a beat-up acoustic guitar riding shotgun. Black Flag serenaded me as my foot inched towards the floor, hitting...

Accommodations for learning disabilities are often not enough


March 25, 2016

When I was nine years old, I was diagnosed with a processing disorder after many years of tests and observation on how I learned differently and slower than most students. A processing disorder is a learning disability that...

Challenging society to stop our constant judgment of others

CORINA POWELL, Channels Staff

February 15, 2016

The other day in the women’s locker room at City College, I overheard someone say, “I’ve always wanted violet hair.” I didn’t think anything of it until she added, “but I’m worried that people would judge me.” It...

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