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Panel on transgender and intersex issues
By Chandra Smith
The Panel: A typical day for most: wake up and get dressed in clothing that is perceived as appropriate for your gender, conduct your daily business while being both addressed and treated as the gender you identify with on the inside, and go to bed. . . All without really having to think about your gender at all.
Imagine if the world constantly referred to you and treated you as a gender other than the one that you identify with. That used to be student Selena Martinez’s experience. Assigned a gender determination of “boy” at birth, it was a jolt to learn that she was seen as different from the other little girls she was used to playing with.
“I think it was when I was told to start playing like a boy, and I wasn’t allowed to play with my cousins, my girl cousins. We were very close,” Martinez says. She had no idea she was considered “other” than she experienced herself, until her uncle told her to “man up” when she was a small child. She was told to play ball and to stop playing with jump ropes.
By Roddy Heckelman
Recycling has become part of the routine when taking out the trash. It is so ingrained in our society that we have recycling bins, and even separate receptacles with dividers for plastic, aluminum, and paper or cardboard recycling.
We all try to do it. The reasons are obvious. Landfills are at their limit, trash abounds, and we need to reuse products and materials to keep our landfills from overflowing. More importantly recycling protects our environment from becoming further polluted. If we all know that recycling is in everyone’s best interest, then why don’t we do it at College of Marin?
Echo Times issue #3 is now out on stands around campus. Here is a list of our latest stories:
Spring Break: COM students are not part of “party culture”
Drought predictions get watered down
Waiting to graduate: Many students support themselves through college by working in restaurants
Marin homes of the rich and famous
By Roddy Heckelman
Recent rains have quelled the mandatory rationing proposal by the Marin Municipal Water District. After the storm on the fifth thru the ninth of February, and 15 inches of rain, the Marin reservoir system increased from 53 percent capacity to 66 percent.
Marin’s reservoir system is now above 78 percent capacity, and at close to normal for this time of year. Although not much rain is in the forecast, the reservoir system has enough water to last Marin’s residents until next winter if necessary.
Super Bowl coach set his goals at College of Marin
By Kyle Kelly and Max Wolf-Johnson
Pete Carroll: Super bowl champion, former 49ers defensive coordinator, and College of Marin graduate. It has been over four decades since the boyishly cheerful head coach of the Seattle Seahawks attended school here at College of Marin.
Born in 1951 in San Francisco and raised in Greenbrae, Carroll found an early love for sports. Later, as a student athlete at Redwood High School in Larkspur, he played basketball, baseball, and football.
Sleepless students binge on Netflix series
By Chandra Smith
Type the word “binge” into the Google search bar, and “binge watching” is the first term offered. Enter the phrase “binge watching” into the field, and the first few options are: “binge watching TV,” “binge watching Netflix,” “binge watching House of Cards,” or “binge watching Breaking Bad.”
Netflix has effectively inducted a new remote social event into our already media-saturated society. Like broadcast sports, holidays, and huge media events, we can participate in the activity solo, or in a group.
Celebrities attracted to some of the most expensive real estate in the country
By Kyle Kelly
Over the years, Marin has unquestionably remained a special place for some of the world’s most successful people and brightest stars. In a most recent report published by the S.F. Gate, Marin County surpassed the hefty sum of $120,000 per joint income tax return. This figure, seemingly high to most people, fails to represent the true virtuosity of Marin’s wealth. Many of the rich and famous here remain distant from the public eye.
By R.J. Heckelman and Max Wolf-Johnson
California is facing its worst drought in recorded history. Reservoirs are dry, entire communities are in danger of running out of water, and Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency. We need more rain, that much is obvious, but what may not be so obvious to most residents of Marin is the scale and impact of this year’s dry spell. Since 1895 the National Weather Service has been recording and tracking rainfall in California. To date, 2013 was the lowest amount of rainfall in recorded history, at less than two inches in some areas of California.
Although the recent storms have brought a few inches of rain to Marin, the county is still suffering from the drought and needs more rain. California’s snowpack also needs to increase to meet future demands. Normally by this time of year the state has around 15 inches of rainfall. The last storm brought only 4 inches.
By Leslie Lee
It is 2:15 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon. The smell of tomato sauce and yeast fills Ambrosia restaurant. Owner Mark Lesley jumps from the kitchen to the bar counter, answering the phone, writing down orders, and calling out to his staff, who bustle around the kitchen, chopping and stirring that night’s culinary creations from scratch. Four loaves of bread crown the kitchen counter, cooling in the late afternoon light.
We sit in tall, wooden bar stools over a small round table that’s covered with a white table cloth and white paper. Long lamps hang from the high ceilings, casting a mellow golden light over the bar’s copper patina counter top, cozy leather booths, and the green-charcoal walls with poinsettia-red trim. 1930s-era Italian and French posters adorn the walls.