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The next president of Laney College?

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM

Interested in who the next president of Laney College may be? Students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity, on Jan. 30, to meet the three short-listed candidates for college president, and ask whatever was on their minds. Michael Reiner, Ph.D., Tammeil Gilkerson, and Anthony Tricoli, Ed.D. attended several forums throughout the day to introduce themselves and field questions from the Laney community. Tricoli said he was passionate about programs for student veterans, but questioning revealed that he is currently involved in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit,and left his position at Georgia Perimeter College under ambiguous circumstances. Gilkerson introduced herself as […]

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Clarification: Pauline Bondonno

December 14, 2016 12:48 PM

A Tower article on the Merritt College Tobacco-less Club (“Merritt Tobacco-less Club wins $20K national grant,” Nov. 23) failed to identify Pauline Bondonno, executive director of Community Health Education Institute, as the person in charge of putting the grant money into effect over the next 12 months. Bondonno has headed tobacco prevention programs at Merritt College for the past two years, through grants from the California Department of Health and, previously, through the Alameda County Health Services Tobacco Prevention Program. She created the Fresh Air Art Contest, and has worked to further tobacco prevention and awareness at Merritt College, Laney […]

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Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds rock Yoshi’s with dark blue treats

November 11, 2016 3:17 PM

Locals gathered in Jack London Square on Halloween night to eat sushi, drink cocktails, and rock out with Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds. The Oakland-based sextet played an upbeat, costume themed gig at Yoshi’s jazz club on the rainy evening. The band members were dressed as Beetlejuice, Nick Cave, Jessica Rabbit, Jack Skellington, Sally Stitches, Bob Dylan, and an extravagant Dia De Los Muertos figure. The Coal Minds opened with an original tune called “Bourbon and Bones.” They performed a medley of original tunes and covers from notable artists Tom Waits, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Cab […]

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EcoArt celebrates 10th anniversary

July 18, 2015 8:23 PM
EcoArt celebrates 10th anniversary

EcoArt celebrates its 10th anniversary at Laney College with two exhibitions in the June Steingart Gallery. The first show opens the first week of the fall semester. The show runs from August 25 to September 18.

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Instructors go to educational development conference

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Instructors go to educational development conference

Students who are new to the U.S. have a lot to cover to catch up and find a secure life here. They have no time to waste. Laney faculty are mindful of this and have recently attended the 2015 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education (CADE). This is the conference website: Aimed at faculty and administrators from community colleges, the conference offers best practices and insights from those who teach English as a second language to this population. Five ESOL faculty from Laney College traveled to Costa Mesa, CA, to give presentations on their improved curriculum. Their presentation, titled […]

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Dance department shows dance steps in concert

May 22, 2015 1:00 AM

The Laney College Department of Dance presented their annual Spring Concert, And Still We Dance… “History, Culture & Legacy” on May 8 and 9 in the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. Students performed Modern, Jazz, Tap, African, Samba and Swing dance wearing spectacular costumes depicting the appropriate era and genre.  The music, whether live or prerecorded was pulsating; driving the dancers across the stage, sometimes softly and graceful, other times, percussive and sharp, but always with intention. The concert is an annual fundraiser which helps to support the programs of the department of dance. Jacqueline Burgess, Artistic Director and the dance production […]

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Sometimes it’s necessary to strike

November 13, 2014 9:05 PM

If ignorance is bliss, then last November I must’ve been in heaven. As Opinion Editor of this paper, it has been and continues to be my job to choose quality pieces of writing that convey a variety of views. While I usually agree with the opinions of our staff, sometimes I do not. In the end, however, I stand by my decisions. It was surprising to me then that there was one opinion piece I chose that I later came not to stand by. An opinion so infused with ignorance that I second-guessed myself. That opinion was my own. In […]

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2014 Laney Football Schedule

September 18, 2014 12:59 AM

Date             Opponent             Location             Time Sat Sept. 6             Sacramento City Col.           Sacramento     6 p.m. Fri Sept. 12        CC San Francisco            Laney             7 p.m. Fri Sept. 19        Sierra College                   Laney             7 p.m. Sat Sept. 27           Santa Rosa Jr. College         Santa Rosa      5 p.m. Fri Oct. 3            De Anza College               Laney             7 p.m. Oct. 10-11               BYE Fri Oct. 17           Fresno City College        Laney             6 p.m. Sat Oct. 25             Modesto Jr. College             Modesto           6 p.m. Sat Nov. 1               […]

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Peralta Sports Schedule

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Date             Opponent             Location             time ALAMEDA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Fri Sept. 12           Santa Rosa Jr. Col.       Alameda      6 p.m. Fri Sept. 19               Napa Valley College           Napa               6 p.m. Wed Sept. 24       Contra Costa College   Alameda      6 p.m. LANEY WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Wed Sept. 17            Monterey Pen. Col.           Aptos              4:30 p.m. Wed Sept. 24           Los Medanos Col.             Pittsburg         6 p.m. Fri. Sept. 26         Napa Valley College   Laney            6 p.m. LANEY WOMEN’S WATER POLO Sat. Sept. 20             De Anza College             […]

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Eagles sack Sac City; CCSF next

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Fotu scores twice, quarterback Palandech runs 70 yards for touchdown Defensive lineman Anthony Fotu scored two touchdowns and quarterback Kurt Palandech scored on a 70-yard run as the Laney College Eagles opened the 2014 football season with a 48-33 victory at Sacramento City College on Sept. 6. The Eagles, ranked sixth in Northern California, face a far stiffer test in their home opener on Friday, Sept. 12, when they play host to perennial power City College of San Francisco. Game time is 7 p.m. Laney powdered the Panthers 68-0 in the regular-season finale a year ago, and was a bit […]

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First Friday in Oakland

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Oakland’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, also known as Art Murmur is an event for all to enjoy. It offers art, crafts, music, food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages. The festival is held on Telegraph Avenue between 27th street and West Grand, as well as on several of the adjacent streets. People can wander around freely since the streets are blocked off from traffic. Many of the local Art Galleries offer a wide variety of goods for sale and viewing. Visitors can find jewelry, pottery, woodwork, paintings and much more. At September’s First Friday event, food booths offered a […]

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Artists explore Oakland’s colorful past and bright future

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Two Oakland neighborhoods poised for rapid redevelopment are the focus of “Pieces of Oakland,” a multimedia exhibit currently on display at Warehouse 416. Hanging across the gallery’s brick walls are four large plywood panels, which comprise the exhibit’s main displays. At every panel’s center is an official planning map of either the Lake Merritt BART Station area or West Oakland, two neighborhoods that will be directly impacted by the City of Oakland’s redevelopment plans. A web of photographs depicting cityscapes and local residents surround the maps. In contrast to these contemporary photos is a small collection of archival images underscoring Oakland’s […]

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‘Noah’ struggles to flood big screen

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Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah is a giant leap from the cult director’s previous films, which include such dark independent dramas as “Pi”, “Requiem For A Dream” and “The Wrestler.” His newest creation is a big budget epic starring A-listers Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson. At the helm of the film’s retelling of the ancient narrative concerning God’s fateful destruction/renewal of earth and humankind by catastrophic flooding is Noah (Russell Crowe.) Noah is the one man spared, leaving him burdened with prophetic responsibility along with his duties as husband and father. How large scale should a director go […]

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Word on the Quad–Where were you on September 11th, 2001?

September 17, 2014 11:59 PM

“I was born in 1995. I don’t remember that.” Shaquille Maxey-Smith Kinesiology “I was in bed, knocked out, I think I heard the radio talked about the towers falling. I also heard they closed down Bart at the time.” Jack DeJesus Graphic Arts “I was two weeks into class at Illinois State University. I was printing out a paper for my acting class. I was at my friend’s dorm room, and he had just turned on the T.V. as I was printing out my paper. And we sat there and watched the second plane hit.” Eric Andler Electrical Engineering “I […]

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Who says what we can access?

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Earlier this year the FCC proposed its new set of rules regarding the internet. As many of you already know these new rules put an end to net neutrality by allowing telecommunication giants to slow and even block access to certain sites by controlling broadband and fees. What this means is certain big name sites, such as Netflix or Facebook can pay to run faster, while other sites unable to afford greater speed, will be slowed possibly to the point of complete ineffectiveness. If net neutrality is lost it will entirely change how we use the internet, but perhaps the […]

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