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Coachella, then & now

BY ANDREW VEDUZCO OPINION CONTRIBUTOR April in the desert means one thing, festival season. If you’re a local and have been living here for most of your life, you know April brings a yearly topic of discussion, Coachella Music & Arts Festival. April in the desert never used to be as exciting though. Years ago, before […]

A modern workforce

BY MYRON PENWELL OPINION EDITOR Photo courtesy of pexelsPeople working from home rather than the office is a new trend. It is not surprising when you consider all the advances in technology within the decade. We can talk to people across the world, in video conferences, and have information available at our finger tips. Much […]

Bursting your organic bubble!

BY CAROLINE DEGRAEVE CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR According to a survey conducted at College of the Desert (COD), many people are under the impression that buying organic products is more nutritious or natural than conventional produce and has little or no contact with pesticides. Organic farming, like all agricultural farming, uses pesticides and fungicides liberally to prevent […]

Under the yellow umbrella

BY MYRON PENWELL                                                  OPINION EDITOR College of the Desert has recently proposed a ban which prohibits the smoking of cigarettes on campus. AP 3570, which states that smoking is 25 feet from […]

A modern school system

BY MYRON PENWELL OPINION EDITOR  Finland has once again decided to revamp their school system, incorporating subjects that have a broad range of topics that they believe are more relevant to the world today. The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) will introduce broader topics such as: The European Union, Climate Change and Community. Throughout the years […]

New game room makes students question

BY JUAN RODRIGUEZ OPINION CONTRIBUTOR A new game room by Beep’s Cafe has opened for all COD students to enjoy. The game room is designed for students to fill the gaps between classes, or during spare time, however, there are some concerns. Some students say it’s not convenient for students. COD Student and Life Center’s Ryan […]

Beeps not serving students healthy options

BY RONI DOHRMAN OPINION EDITOR College of the Desert campuses should offer healthier food choices for students, especially for those who can not eat many of the items that are on the menu due to health or personal reasons. My friend Kyra Mund and I decided to eat at Beeps Cafe between classes one day, […]

People need to take the environment seriously

BY KAYLA THOMPSON STUDENT LOCAL CONTRIBUTOR  Environmental issues—global warming and climate change, specifically—should be the number one priority of every single national and state government. It is the biggest concern we face as humans. We are already starting to experience the impacts we have on our world, and it will only grow worse as the […]

Neil Young released “Peace Trail”

BY RONI DOHRMAN OPINION EDITOR Neil Young performing weekend 2 of Desert Trip Singer-songwriter Neil Young released his 37th studio album “Peace Trail” on Dec 9. “Peace Trail” is a prequel to Young’s latest album release “Earth,” which is focused around the fact that we need to respect Mother Earth and do our part to help save our […]

Donald Trump wins 2016 presidential election

BY RONI DOHRMAN OPINION EDITOR   On Nov. 8, most of America was left in shock when they learned Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election with 290 electoral votes against Hillary Clinton’s 228 votes. According to polls leading up to the election, the odds seemed to be in Clinton’s favor. From the shocking election […]

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