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Hannum appointed VPI

Natalie Hannum, the new Vice President of Instruction smiles for the camera.

Erick Amaya, Sports Editor

June 9, 2020

Natalie Hannum, who joined the Los Medanos College staff in 2013, will serve as the school’s new Vice President of Instruction. She will officially begin her new role July 1, 2020.  With the retirement of interim VPI Nancy Ybarra, Hannum was named the successor by LMC President Bob Kratochvil...

More than a voice behind the microphone

More than a voice behind the microphone

Tiffany James, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

Sterling James — “The Bay Baby” — is a breath of fresh air. Her contagious smile is disarming and her greeting reveals her down-to-earth nature: “How are you doing cousin?” In the age of COVID-19, her bedroom serves a dual purpose — a resting place by night and a studio by day — an...

The usage of the N-Word

The usage of the N-Word

Tiffany James, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

The words “Negro,” “nigger,” and “nigga” have always been a sensitive topic, yet it is one that needs to be addressed considering the more common use of its vernacular language on college campuses today. Body gestures, for example, a nodding of the head or a halfhearted handshake followed...

The Strokes return with a bang

The Strokes return with a bang

Spencer Cameron, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

After four years of slowly putting together songs in small writing sessions, The Strokes have returned after a seven-year hiatus to release a new album titled “The New Abnormal.” With legendary producer Rick Rubin at the helm of post-production, this album is definitely different than any other Stroke...

The new normal – Day 67

Left: Both Briana McCarthy and Marie Arcidiacono-Kaufman are LMC professors who are now new mothers during a pandemic.

Jordyn Toscano, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of “The new normal,” a continuing series that began March 17, the first day of the public health order requiring citizens of Contra Costa County and five other local municipalities to shelter in place. The Experience’s 67-part series was designed to give read...

LMC English instructor publishes book

LMC English instructor publishes book

Selena Buitrago, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

Los Medanos College assistant English instructor L.D. Green, who teaches composition, creative writing and literature, recently published a collection of essays and stories which explore people's struggles with the mental health care system and challenge the prevailing models of mental health. Green...

Classes, Coffee, and Costa Rica

Sandra Brooks shows off the coffee beans she grew on her farm in Costa Rica.

Bailee Lewis, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

Although schools and colleges in California have moved all classes online to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, distance education is not a new form of learning. Los Medanos College has been offering online courses for quite some time — and turning out online success stories as well. Amateur coffee grow...

Study Slam held on Zoom

Study Slam held on Zoom

Ronald Smith, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

This spring semester’s Study Slam got a remote make-over to support the college’s online environment. It was held Friday, May 15 on Zoom and gave students an opportunity to work with consultants or tutors in online breakout rooms for most of the day. Typically, the Study Slam is held in the Cen...

Noel is new Academic Senate President

Noel is new Academic Senate President

Spencer Batute, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

Professor James Noel was elected Los Medanos College Academic Senate president earlier this semester when he ran unopposed to succeed current president Joshua Bearden, whose two-year term is coming to an end July 1. Faculty describe Noel as thoughtful and team oriented, and they expect him to be a st...

Top 5 – Random albums to check out during quarantine

Top 5 - Random albums to check out during quarantine

Spencer Cameron, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris Released in 2007, “Era Vulgaris” is a defining album in the Queens of the Stone Age catalog. The album has 11 featured tracks, with four bonus tracks that were released through various promotions. This album was recorded by mostly three members with a...

Transfer Workshop helps transfer students

Roya Mohammad, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

The pressure of transferring in the midst of a pandemic can be stressful. However Rachel Anicetti, director of Transfer and Career Services, tried to ease that stress Tuesday, May 12, when she hosted an online transfer workshop to inform Los Medanos College students about financial aid opportunities.&nb...

An artist in the making

An artist in the making

Amelie Hernandez, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

“Art is about growing as a person and trying new techniques along the way and the best part of it is seeing others' reactions to what each of my pieces means to them,” said LMC artist Marisol Gutierrez. Gutierrez was first introduced to art when she was in the second grade, but it sparked bac...

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