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When ‘male’ or ‘female’ isn’t enough

Panel on transgender and intersex issues

By Chandra Smith

Transgender student Selena Xochitl Martinez, and her daughter Lorena Lua Martinez.

Transgender student Selena Xochitl Martinez, and her daughter Lorena Lua Martinez.

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.
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Sorting out COM’s recycling mess

By Roddy Heckelman

Regardless of the recycling labels on the bins, anything in a black plastic bag goes to the landfilll according to the Marin Sanitary Service, which empties COM’s dumpsters.

Regardless of the recycling labels on the bins, anything in a black plastic bag goes to the landfilll according to the Marin Sanitary Service, which empties COM’s dumpsters.

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?
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Marin homes of the rich and famous

Celebrities attracted to some of the most expensive real estate in the country

By Kyle Kelly

Marin home of San Francisco Giant’s Pitcher Barry Zito, which overlooks beautiful Tamalpais Valley.

Marin home of San Francisco Giant’s Pitcher Barry Zito, which overlooks beautiful Tamalpais Valley.

 

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.

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Review: Ambrosia Restaurant opens across from campus

By Leslie Lee

The new Ambrosia Restuarant across from the Learning Center on College Avenue offers students, faculty, staff and the community an exciting  menu that features a combination of California and Italian cuisine.

The new Ambrosia Restaurant across from the Learning Center on College Avenue offers students, faculty, staff and the community an exciting menu that features a combination of California and Italian cuisine.

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.

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Health Center offers students free flu shots

By R.J. Heckelman

Students can get a flu shot through the College Health Center on either the Kentfield or Indian Valley campuses at various times during the week.

Students can get a flu shot through the College Health Center on either the Kentfield or Indian Valley campuses at various times during the week.

In the Bay Area alone, 16 people have reportedly died from this season’s, H1N1, or “Swine Flu.” One of the victims, a resident of Santa Rosa, was only 23 years old. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the man’s family said that he was not properly diagnosed with the H1N1 virus until it was too late to save his life.

The victim, Matthew Walker, was admitted to Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa after he claimed to have difficulty breathing on Friday, December 27. The previous day he had been incorrectly diagnosed with pneumonia. After a few days his condition worsened, and doctors were forced to put him in a medically induced coma. Five days after he was admitted to Kaiser, Walker died.

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Series of new parking lots open this semester

February 2, 2013

By Johnny Bransford

The lot pictured above is staff-only, for now.

The lot pictured above is staff-only, for now.

Parking is never something any student looks forward to upon arriving at school, but this semester is a little different. With several new lots opened up, parking is becoming less of a hassle.

More than 100 spots have been opened, ranging from Lot 17 on Laurel and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, to Lot 4 by the new SMN building. With construction recently being completed, Lot 9 has increased its parking by numerous spots as well. Staff and handicap parking has increased in Lot 16 and Lot 3.

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Welcome to the new Echo Times newspaper website

This site will be the new online source for student-written articles about the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. The first articles are expected to be up in early February. Our current team of editors include editor-in-chief Nash Kurilko, managing editor Kyle Dang, and layout editor Chelsea Dederick.

Our site will include news, features, photos, and hopefully some video about what goes on at the College of Marin. Stay tuned.

Issue #1 publishing date: Feb. 4