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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...

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...

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...

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...

Cricket: the 19-year-old graffiti artist

Luke Thomas showing off his art in Brentwood at the train tracks that intersect Lone Tree Way.

Jesse Mendoza, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

To most, Luke Thomas is just an average Los Medanos College liberal arts major fresh out of high school. But to a handful of people he is known as Cricket, a 19-year-old future graffiti artist.  Graffiti is a controversial art form that has made its way to urban and suburban areas around the ...

The new normal – Day 36

The new normal - Day 36

Spencer Batute, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Editor’s note: “The new normal” is a continuing series that looks into how members of the Los Medanos College community are coping with a shelter-in-place order amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, life is simple.” said Chialin Hsieh, Los Medanos College’s Senior Dean of Planning & Insti...

Strengthening a community

Jesus Cano, twitter.com/y2j_cano08

May 10, 2018

The career of an athletic trainer is to help athletes develop better fitness, strength, and injury prevention and in some cases a speedy recovery. For Joseph Hughes, there are also unwritten duties that come with the job. Hughes lives his dream every single time he gets out of bed early in the morning....

Myles Coston heading back to Division 1

Myles Coston heading back to Division 1

Hugo Calderon, twitter.com/HugoCalderon09

May 1, 2018

Myles Coston has spent his baseball career climbing the baseball ladder. He started with tee ball, went on to high school and climbed further making it to Division I baseball. Then he dropped down to community college baseball making for an unusual journey. After two years playing at the junior college...

A driving passion

A driving passion

A.R. Broom, twitter.com/AlexanderRBroom

April 26, 2018

Like many enthusiasts, Samuel Camarista became interested in cars from learning how to work on his family’s vehicles with his father. “Growing up, learning tools, passing them to him, watching him fix stuff, watching him work on cars, that’s how I first started, ” said Camarista, who grew...

Benjamin to retire in December

Cassie Dickman, cdickman@lmcexperience.com

December 2, 2016

After almost 27 years of working in the district and a lifetime spent dedicated to education, retiring Contra Costa Community College District Chancellor Helen Benjamin is looking forward to not getting up for that first day of school after Christmas vacation for the first time since she was 6 years o...

‘Dude’ finds comfort on campus

Teresa Gaines, tgaines@lmcexperience.com

November 11, 2016

He is known on campus as “hammock dude” or “slack line dude.” That’s because it’s pretty hard to miss the guy sleeping in a hammock in front of the math building or a small crowd of people gathered around to watch or try their own foot at his slack line stretched between two trees. But alt...

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