Articles by: Sarah Carpenter

End of an era

May 22, 2017 3:00 PM

By Bonnie Oviatt Editor-in-Chief Greg Smith, the respected athletic trainer for the Laney Eagles’ athletic teams for over 37 years, will be retiring on July 31. He will be missed by students and faculty alike. At the 2017 Spring Sports Awards Banquet Athletic Director John Beam called Smith up to be recognized for his work over the years and presented him with an Eagles letterman jacket. Smith was a baseball player at Pinole Valley high school before going on to play ball for Contra Costa College and later went to Cal, where he majored in chemistry. As an athlete Smith […]

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Burn Out

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Burn Out

By Alice Feller Tower Staff Writer For the second time in less than a year developer Rick Holliday’s massive Emeryville construction project burned to the ground. The fire began around 5 a.m. on the morning of May 13, and by the time firefighters arrived had already involved all floors of the building. “It’s devastating for the property owner and his wife,” Emeryville City Manager Carolyn Lehr said. “To wake up to this news—the same thing again at the same stage of construction.” At 3800 San Pablo, it was close to the 580 interchange and close to BART. Holliday named his […]

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Oakland museum spotlights African American history

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Oakland museum spotlights African American history

By Chadidjah McFall Tower Staff Writer At the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 13,000 books, all of them by or about African Americans, wait to be devoured. Readers can pore over their chosen volumes at antique wooden desks. There are also computers, Internet access, and more than 500 DVDs and videos for visitors to watch on-site. James de T. Abajian’s “Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources,” an on-line data base, and a rare book collection are available, as are scholarly journals, local and out of state newspapers and popular magazines. For younger readers, there is an […]

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After ‘La Vida Robot’

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After ‘La Vida Robot’

By Sarah Carpenter Managing Editor Lorenzo Santillan was a 16-year-old undocumented student who was failing most of his Hayden High School classes. He had recently dropped out of a gang after his friends were arrested for theft. His father was a gardener, and his mother had just been fired from her job as a hotel maid—they were at risk of eviction for nonpayment of rent. Twelve years later on May 4, Santillan spoke to Laney ESL students to tell the story of how his life took a dramatic change. SANTILLAN’S STORY In high school, with few options for after-school activities, […]

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POP & PUNK & PROG

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POP & PUNK & PROG

By Shane Frink Tower Staff Writer It was a pleasant warm night and on the edges of the First Friday festivities of Oakland’s downtown. At the Octopus Literary Salon, a band called Catchlight struck a slow and solid tempo with their first song, with pretty melodic guitar melodies in between the dynamic singing of the verses. The band’s vibe and the atmosphere inside the venue matched the warm weather outside. Laney student Sarah Carpenter kept that mood going as the band’s singer. Most of the audience had a relaxed look while seeming intent on paying close attention to the music […]

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Funds Under Siege

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Funds Under Siege

Reallocation of funds under fire at Peralta trustees meeting By Alice Feller Tower Staff Writer While everyone agrees that part-time faculty should have paid office hours, the chancellor’s scheme to pay for them out of student equity funds is causing outrage. Faculty and students lined up at the Peralta Board of Trustees meeting May 9 to protest the chancellor’s plan. Laney faculty member Kimberly King expressed dismay. “All faculty need office hours,” she said. “Hello, that should be a no-brainer!” She went on to point out that part-time faculty make up 70 percent of the faculty. But student equity funds […]

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Back in play: Laney again potential stadium site

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Back in play: Laney again potential stadium site

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer Laney’s collective sigh of relief was cut short last week. The college is not out of the clear yet, as it appears that the Oakland A’s are still eyeing Peralta land. The East Bay Times reported on May 16 that the “Laney College site” was still one of three sites being considered for a new A’s stadium. The other two were still Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, and the current Oakland Coliseum location. An article published in Oakland Magazine May 10 stated that the Oakland A’s were not only still looking at Peralta-owned […]

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Support food initiatives at laney

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Support food initiatives at laney

By Jumoke Evans Tower Staff Writer “I believe that we have a lot of hungry students out here,” Nona Claypool said, “and by uniting resources we can help students meet their needs and worry less about where nutritional food is coming from while they’re attempting to receive an education.” Claypool, the president of the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC), has done groundbreaking work to establish the Laney Food Bank that students facing food insecurity need. It is hosted in the Quad or in the Student Center every first and third Tuesday of the month, starting at 2 p.m., until […]

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Peralta district awards $4,000 in scholarships to eight students

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Peralta district awards $4,000 in scholarships to eight students

By Hoku Gearheard Gendre Tower Staff Writer The Peralta Association of African American Affairs has awarded eight students with scholarships for their academic achievements and community involvement. Two students chosen from each Peralta school will receive $500 respectively, to be used for their future studies. An awards ceremony and reception was held on May 5 to honor this year’s winners, listed below: College of Alameda Almahady Toure Tanasha Stevens Berkeley City College Majuan Franklin Nathalie Austin Laney College Rowena Brown Bryce Grandison Merritt College Mabel Kwarteng Tiara Allen

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Privacy Protector

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Privacy Protector

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer Lock up your backdoors and turn on your screens, kiddos. It’s time for another lesson in privacy protection. Text messaging is one of the most popular forms of communication today. But snooping eyes can easily intercept your texted conversations, and your service provider keeps a record of every text you send. Enter the end-to-end encrypted messaging service. Messaging services which send your messages over the internet can encrypt those messages to protect them from interception. But remember that this does not protect your messages from being seen if your phone has been hacked. Also, […]

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Beyond the front page

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Beyond the front page

Resist. Rogue. Hands off. Deplorable. Bloodstained. In mourning. What next? Now what? Who are we? These incendiary words and questions have been printed in red, white, and big, bold letters on the Laney Tower’s front pages over the last year. It’s time for a big and bold response. It’s been, as it always is, months of turmoil and tumult worldwide. But it’s also been—for our country, our district, and our small student newspaper—a game-changing era. While our president has pushed far beyond the limits of what a country can tolerate, we’ve pushed far beyond the limits of what we thought […]

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THE LOOK

May 18, 2017 3:10 PM
THE LOOK

Laney Cosmetology Department hair show features diverse styles and bold work   By Alexandra Evans Tower Staff Writer The Laney Bistro was transformed into a “runway stage” on May 5 with chairs set up in straight lines facing the center of the room. Flowers made of tissue paper hung from the walls and outlined the border of the stage. Thus the Cosmetology Department presented a hair and fashion show featuring the styling skills their new students had been taught throughout the semester. The DJ and announcer, who exuded much enthusiasm, played a number of today’s most popular songs by artists […]

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Laney College Baseball

May 5, 2017 3:25 PM
Laney College Baseball

By Scott Strain Sports Information Officer A 22-win season The Laney College Baseball team finished their 2016-17 season with a 22-18 record overall, good for a second-place tie in the Bay Valley Conference with a 13-8 mark along with Los Medanos College and Napa Valley College. At left, Laney College center fielder Mark Johnson waits for his turn at bat during the Eagles’ 13-4 victory over Solano College on April 27. Above, the team huddles before the April 27 game. College of Marin won the conference championship.

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Signed: Courtenay Brown

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Signed: Courtenay Brown

Laney athlete celebrates SF State admission with signing ceremony in gym By Bonnie Oviatt Editor-in-Chief Laney’s star shooting guard Courtenay Brown signed a letter of intent to attend San Francisco State University in the fall. The signing ceremony was held in the Laney College gym on April 26. Her coach, family, and friends were there to congratulate her. She accepted a full scholarship to the university where she plans to major in kinesiology. She will be a shooting guard for SFSU’s basketball team, the Gators, who play in the NCAA division II. After she graduates from SFSU Brown wants to […]

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In This Together

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In This Together

By Jumoke Evans Tower Staff Writer Joyce Mills, former Laney student and public health nurse, had a simple question: “Do you think healthcare is a basic human right, or a commodity for sale and profit?” In response, the audience at the Laney College Teach-In on April 27 were in complete agreement: Healthcare is a right. This right was one of many explored at the event, the latest in Laney’s series of teach-ins designed to forge solidarity throughout the East Bay by creating opportunities for students, professors, staff, activists and community members to educate one another. April’s teach-in was entitled “Defending […]

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