'HANDS OFF.'

Laney College Head Librarian Evelyn Lord, on the potential replacement of Laney's athletic fields and parking lot with a new A's stadium

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Laney Land grabs: students and faculty express concern over new A's stadium search

The Oakland A’s are scouting a location for their new stadium, and Laney College may be the perfect spot—but perfect for whom? In a phone interview with The Laney Tower, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval listed four possible new stadium locations, including Howard Terminal, a new ballpark at the A’s current site, and two sites in the Lake Merritt area.

 

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EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

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EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

Sambafunk! Funkquarians perform at the EcoFest Sustainability Festival on April 20 at Laney College Watch here:  

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Laney College Women’s Track

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Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

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Laney Job Fair links employers with students

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Revealing the truth

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Laney’s Meghan Moriarty cooks up recipe for a healthy community

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Festival Briefs

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Festival Briefs

Women in Music Festival – April 6-9 By David Hiltbrand Tower Staff Writer The Women In Music Festival took place in Oakland April 6-9, hosted at various locations around West Oakland and Downtown. The festival was founded by Carmena Woodward, aka Red Corvette, and Evangeline Elder as a response to music and parties being a consistently male-dominated industry, and to give womxn an avenue for creative self expression in a venue of like-minded people. In addition to three fantastic parties, the festival also boasted a robust lineup of panels, film screenings, yoga and meet and greets. The inaugural event, the […]

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Making music for a cause

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

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By Shane Frink Tower Staff Writer Esses is gaining fans and making a name for itself in the local Oakland music scene. (The band’s moniker is pronounced the same way that the letter S is pronounced in its plural form.) Their first record came out in November 2016 and is called “No Light in This Fire.” Oakland record store Econojams put the album into their Best Records of the Year bin. Another Oakland record store,1-2-3-4 Go, reports that the record is played daily by the employees. The nine songs on this Esses release have a unique sound. The mood of […]

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Privacy Protector

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Leave the left behind

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Leave the left behind

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Unhealthy healthcare

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‘Hands off.’

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‘Hands off.’

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer The Oakland A’s are scouting a location for their new stadium, and Laney College may be the perfect spot—but perfect for whom? In a phone interview with The Laney Tower, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval listed four possible new stadium locations, including Howard Terminal, a new ballpark at the A’s current site, and two sites in the Lake Merritt area. “We’re trying to determine, amongst those four locations, what would make the most sense, what’s feasible for traffic, transportation, and financing,” Kaval said. The Lake Merritt locations are “close” to Laney College and the […]

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