The Vanguard

The College’s student newspaper, The Vanguard, gives you experience reporting on events and programs, conducting interviews, and writing and editing stories.

Available Paid Student Management Positions

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Business and Website Manager
  • Managing Editors (two positions)

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in writing for The Vanguard stop by their office located in the Student Leadership & Involvement Center, S1-12.

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Latest Stories

Stoop Talk with Queen Yaszy

Publish Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:13pm
Author: Latasha Jones & Queen Yaszy

On Wednesday, February 21st, the weather in Philadelphia was awesome. With numerous tasks on hand, I was unaware of the events to come this day on CCP’s campus. Walking out of my first class, I heard a mixture of ecstatic voices attempting to talk over the music that I could not avoid bobbing my head to. Walking towards the Student Life Center there were signs announcing the celebration of African AMerican Heritage Day. There were tables with information, free fruit-infused water, and the DJ (need name). Many students of different age groups joined in the courtyard for dancing, open- mic, and joyously enjoyed the moment. Ms. Jenavia Walker and Queen Yaszy teamed up and did an awesome dance routine, neither of them missing a beat. Queen Yaszy herself was also in attendance for the purpose of being the demonstrator for the headwraps, which included lessons with various styles.

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(A Ghetto Ass) Much Ado About Nothing

Publish Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:21pm
Author: Kirsty Jimenez, Editor

On the list for this month’s of events to keep your eyes open for, CCP will be holding its annual play. This year, the play chosen to educationally entertain our students is the distinguished Much Ado About Nothing written by the notable William Shakespeare, with a modernly urban twist conducted by our very own professor, Dr. Ardencie Karambé-Hall. With the privilege by cast, crew, and director, I have taken a sneak-peek inside pre-production before the play is set to open and what I have gathered is that you’d be sorely disappointed to miss out in the viewing of this creative performance.

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Pullin’s People: A Convo with CCP Student Robert Long About Live24Hrs

Publish Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:32pm
Author: Abdullah Pullin (@AbdullahPullin)
Along with writing for the Community College of Philadelphia’s student Vanguard, I’m also a contributing writer for the platform, now an online website, Live24Hrs, founded by blogger, entrepreneur, and student at CCP, Robert Long. In the middle of his last semester at the college, his focus is now predominantly for his business and is teaming up with the school, entertainers, and collectives across the city in order to make everyone involved shine. “I started at CCP in Fall 2016 and started Live24Hrs a year or two before that, as a travel blog,” Long says. At the start, he traveled to different islands and locations across the globe and used it as a blog to showcase all the beauty of those locations. In Philly, Long checked out the art scene and noticed the talent of many performers, but didn’t have that much of a platform to showcase what they did. “I started out going to shows in Philly where the artists were great but weren’t selling as much, so I wanted to figure out what I could... more

Dining with Didier: So Illegal, It’s Good!

Publish Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:39am
Author: Didier Delphin, Associate Editor

As I walked in the decorated place that once was a long spaced garage, now renovated with a bright painted wall of orange, vibrant Mexican culture from Los Tigres Del Norte-”La Puerta Negra” playing in the radio to the smell of delicious Costillas and Fajitas being grilled, I had a feeling that this spot would be different than other Mexican spots. Man,  the city of Philadelphia was in for a Tapatio Jalisco in their mouths.

“Welcome, What can I get you?” said a tall looking, red shirt gentleman that stood behind the counter.

“Hi, I’m not exactly sure.  What do you recommend?”- said the Community College of Philadelphia Journalist

“Sure. We have our Taco Bowl Salad which comes with any choice of protein (Shrimp, Veggie, Short Rib Barbacca) that is served in a fried tortilla bowl with black beans & rice, and any toppings ( such as Queso Fresco, Mixed Cheese, Pickled Onions, Guacamole Salsa) of your choice.”

Without a... more

Technological Security Measures for School Safety

Publish Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:34pm
Author: Akram M. Ali, Contributing Writer

Security measures in schools across the country have been in a rut lately. With the recent event of the school shooting on March 7, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama, mass murders seem to be occurring more frequently. Alarmingly, security protocols have stayed the same for nearly thirty years, with the first ever metal detector being placed in Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, 1993. According to a report by Emanuella Grinberg on CNN, “The school has metal detectors, and school resource officers were on site at the time of the shooting.”

Fortunately, The Community College of Philadelphia, among other learning centers, are implementing more formalities like having an identification card that students and faculty members alike must swipe in before entering facilities on campus.

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, sales of security equipment to education services reached 2.7 billion dollars. Although, the... more

The College Tuition Paradigm

Publish Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 1:34pm
Author: Anyssa Elmanfaa, Associate Editor

As the 21st century economy shifts into an increasingly demanding environment for the average American citizen, the priority of which services will remain under the faucet of federal funding has become questionable. In the case of Pennsylvania higher education, students are beginning to feel the effect of federal budget cut-backs: tuition prices are hiking up. It also seems that providing affordable education to the even the average Philadelphian youth population has become a voided generosity: public schools from several lower-class residential neighborhoods have been locked, closed, and sold for retail development.

A figure from the Community College of Philadelphia’s informational titled Largest Tuition Increase Ever at Community College of Philadelphia launched in July of 2004, illustrates that: “Graduates of Community College of Philadelphia are some of the most employable residents in the city. A two-year degree or certificate can produce valuable workers in... more

CCP: The DACA Report

Publish Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 1:37pm
Author: Karina Rivera, Contributing Writer

As the Trump administration is bringing the DACA program to an end (as it was only meant to be a temporary program implemented by former President Obama), hundreds of thousands of dreamers are wondering what happens next. Many students here at our very own college are from various different countries across the world and depend on DACA. On February 23, a panel of three women gave information to a room overflowing with students and professors alike eager to learn about how CCP will take action. Today, readers will learn where dreamers at our school can turn to receive help in this time of need and how you too can take action.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is a program that was established in June 2012 to temporarily help some children who came to the U.S as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally (typically through the choice of their parents and no fault of their own). To be eligible, recipients must have entered the... more