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COD encourages student leadership

  Photo courtesy of the Office of Student Life Photo from flyer for President’s Student Ambassador Program By Kristen McCarthy Campus Life Editor College of the Desert has many programs to help students succeed. One relatively new one is the President’s Student Ambassador Program and its mission is all about building leadership skills. The goal […]

COD student fears for family in Houston

BY  ISIDRO SOLORIO LOCAL WRITER Flooding caused by Harvey in Texas Photo Courtesy of AP images Hurricane Harvey left behind destruction and pain. The storm hit lives hard all over the US including the Coachella Valley. According to CNN, this phenomenon has been the largest rainfall registered after Wilma in 2005. The weather channel states, all tropical […]

TRiO student receives thousands in scholarships

  BY ALEJANDRO MEZA AGUILAR STAFF WRITER A College of the Desert student earned thousands of dollars in scholarship money through the help of the TRiO DSPS program on campus. The TRiO program was founded by the U.S Department of Education to help first generation college students, low-income students and students with disabilities. Gabriel Rodriguez […]

College of the Desert gains director as new instructor

BY ALEJANDRO MEZA AGUILAR STAFF WRITER College of the Desert has a new instructor to teach film industry based classes. Vincent Sassone is a director turned college instructor who will teach new classes for the basis of College of the Desert’s new film program. Vincent Sassone is teaching a Screen Writing Class, Beginning Motion Picture […]

Palm Desert considers lifting pot dispensary ban

Marijuana leaves in a grow house. photo credit: AP Images By Maya Casas Local Writer Palm Desert’s City Council is re-evaluating its current ban on dispensaries since the passing of Proposition 64 which legalizes the use of recreational marijuana. The city is now on a path towards opening up some recreational dispensaries. The topic was […]

Charcoal Seed Bug slowly leaving valley

By Sabrina Messaoudi Local editor The Charcoal Seed Bugs that invaded the Coachella Valley over the summer are slowly leaving. Due to the higher rainfall this past year, the insects came in an abundance looking for food. “They have peaked out now, but should be slowly disappearing,”Professor of Entomology and Natural Resources Kurt Leuschner said. The […]

KMIR collects $115,000 for hurricane Harvey flood victims

By Katie Shain Staff Writer KMIR the neighboring television station to COD collected $115,000 at a one day event to benefit victims of hurricane Harvey. According to KMIR’s Vice President and General Manager Gene Steinberg, “it took only four days after receiving the inspired phone call from the American Red Cross’ Lois Beckman to become a full-blown […]

COD holds its first Grad Fest

BY ALEJANDRO MEZA AGUILAR STAFF WRITER   College of the Desert held its first annual Grad Fest in the multi-purpose room of the Cravens Student Center on April 19. Students who attended had the chance to easily prepare for the transfer and graduation process. A few 4 year institutions had booths set up at the event for students to browse […]

Why students love to study abroad

BY DAVID BABAO STUDENT CONTRIBUTOR  There are many college students who want to study abroad. College campuses usually post flyers to inform students of travel and study opportunities around the world. These trips can help students change the way they see the world through  new cultural experiences, meeting new people and experiencing new landscapes.  So the question is, […]

Surviving college on a budget

BY KELLEY HUSKEY  STUDENT EDITORIAL  The transition to financial independence for young adults with little or no experience managing money and often no supervision can have dire consequences. With an increased level of responsibility, first time college students are susceptible to overspending. To keep finances in order, creating and balancing a budget can prevent students […]

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