Articles by: Stuart

Fight for your digital rights

March 30, 2017 2:01 PM
Fight for your digital rights

We have entered an age where privacy is no longer a right—if you want to keep it, you’re going to have to fight for it. Congress just let your internet provider run wild with your browsing history. Once again, we’re reminded how easily internet privacy can be compromised. FBI Director James Comey has said, point blank, that there is “no such thing as absolute privacy in America.” But it’s not time to give up. We have an ever-growing arsenal of privacy-protecting tools at our disposal, so no more lousy excuses about not taking action. Phrases like “there’s nothing I can […]

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POTHOLE PROBLEMS

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POTHOLE PROBLEMS

Merritt parking lot plagued by potholes, trash, graffiti Unlike Merritt College’s other parking lots, there are no signs indicating where the B parking lot is. Despite the lot’s beautiful view of the entire Bay Area, half of it is literally dirt road covered with potholes filled with water. At the far end of the parking lot is a broken metal barrier surrounded by trash leading to what looks like it was supposed to be an access to another part of the parking lot. Continuing through the barrier are two dirt roads, one of which is completely flooded with water. Driving […]

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Letter to the editor – Tower Watch draws response from district official

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I am writing to let you and your editorial staff know that the District and College Administration are working very hard to fix and maintain the utilities infrastructures at Laney on a daily basis. I have assigned the Assistant Chief Engineer at Laney College (Jason Busby) to fix the restroom that was featured in your Tower Watch, and also paint over the bathroom that has graffiti also in building E. The bathroom sink that was featured was fixed March 20 (according to Jason), while the pull stations throughout Laney are being fixed and tested and should be complete by March […]

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Progress on pronouns

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Progress on pronouns

For the first time, the Associated Press has recognized ‘they’ as an acceptable singular and/or gender-neutral pronoun (see below), which demonstrates how necessary it is for language to adapt. The AP’s new style guide says that, for gender-neutral subjects, “use the person’s name in place of a pronoun, or… explain in the text that the person prefers a gender-neutral pronoun.” As conversation surrounding gender neutrality and fluidity become more common in society, it becomes clear that English is lacking in this department. English does not have a gender-neutral pronoun, and yet pronouns are essential to proper syntax. We are given […]

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‘DEPLORABLE’

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‘DEPLORABLE’

Neglected Oakland building burns down, killing four and displacing dozens The charred skeleton of an apartment building stands smoldering and empty as emergency crews look on, waiting idly in the mist of a fire hose. This is the aftermath of the deadly March 27 inferno that gutted the building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. in West Oakland and took the lives of four people. “One lady got trapped in the building and called [out] while she was in flames,” said Anthony, a Laney student who described the fire. An employee for The Workforce Collaborative, Anthony, who wished to withhold his […]

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Read

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Read

Laney gets literary in library photo shoot for National Reading Month The Laney College Library and Laney Photo Department worked in collaboration to create a photo portrait series of students and staff with their favorite books in honor of National Reading Month. The goal of the event was to celebrate reading and how much one book can inspire and influence a person throughout their life. A temporary photo set was constructed by Laney students from the professional photo classes at the Laney Library on March 22 and 24. Students and staff brought their favorite books and received professional-quality portraits. The […]

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A NEW CHAPTER

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A NEW CHAPTER

Tammeil Gilkerson optimistic about becoming next president of Laney College In her application essay for college,Tammeil Gilkerson described herself as a book that is often judged by its cover. “Today,” she remarks, “the pages of my book are much different than that cover really is.” Laney College will meet her in the next few days as its new president, and she admits to being a little nervous. She knows others are, too. She is also inspired, excited, and hopeful. Before applying for the president position, Gilkerson had looked at jobs in the Peralta Community College District many times in the […]

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Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

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Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

“If you don’t know where your next meal is coming from,” Dante Allen said, “it can play a critical role in your mental and physical being.” Allen is the senior communications officer at the Calif. Dept. of Public Health Office of Health Equity, and was hosted by Laney College’s Umoja-UBAKA Community for a “Race, Class and Health Equity” workshop on March 28. The workshop discussed the health status of African Americans as a people in California, and the health services available to all Peralta students covered by their student health fees. Umoja Faculty Co-Coordinator Dr. Kimberly King organized the event, […]

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

New exhibit spotlights Laney student Adrienne Miller’s globe-trotting photography Laney College student Adrienne Miller’s brilliant portrait photos from Siberia and the Far East are on display through May 20 in the Laney Photography Department in A-185. Miller is from Burbank, north of Los Angeles. So why did she travel the world and photograph humanity so far from home? “I think definitely in my twenties I was restless, and I think that I did not love Los Angeles,” Miller said. “I was trying to find my own sense of home. I traveled far and wide to find what home felt like […]

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Connect

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Connect

Laney club bands together for building competition Laney’s Architecture Club was granted $8,000 from the student government Feb. 23 to attend an annual design competition April 7-9 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. But collecting the ASLC funds in time to register for the event has proven to be a stumbling block. “Every year, we go,” said Ron Betts, the club’s faculty advisor. Betts said that every year it’s a lot of work to get the funding. Club members are paying out of pocket, with the anticipation of reimbursement. The club’s previous president, Dev Chand requested $8,000 of […]

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Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

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Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

Just before Pearl Harbor was attacked, Flora Ninomiya’s family had established a cut-flower business in Richmond. As historian Howard Zinn put it, “One Congressman [Mississippi Democrat] John Rankin] said: ‘I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps…Damn them! Let’s get rid of them now!’” The film “Blossoms and Thorns” tells this story from many points of view, including those of families in California like Ninomiya’s who owned cut-flower businesses before incarceration. The history is harrowing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, “giving the army the power… […]

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Protesting at the pump

March 16, 2017 12:08 PM

Life in the United States seems predicated on the ideal of freedom and having the option to choose. So why have we disregarded the only choice at the pump? I believe we can regain our independence by not supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline by boycotting companies that aid our addiction to big oil consumption. On March 7, I was headed home toward 12th Street and Broadway. Right on the corner were about 45 anti-DAPL protesters blocking the entrance of Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo happens to be one of the most corrupt banks in the US to date. From 2011 to […]

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TOWER WATCH

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TOWER WATCH

In previous issues of the Laney Tower, our staff has photographed and documented the various maintenance and infrastructural issues that Laney College has faced. We did this in each issue, briefly but consistently, in a feature called “Tower Watch.” Last year, we decided to retire the feature, giving the space over to stories and photographs about other issues across the district and the Bay Area at large. However, the problems have become yet again so persistent that we feel it’s important to give them the large amount of coverage they deserve. After all, some of us never use Laney’s bathrooms […]

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Letters to the editor – Don’t silence our students’ speech

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“The Kind of School that Stifles Students’ Free Speech?” in the March 2, 2017 issue of the Laney Tower is a serious matter. [Laney Tower faculty advisor Burt Dragin] was right to take the article down to make sure all of the facts about Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli were correct before reinstating the article’s position on the Laney Tower website. I believe Dr. Tricoli should have acknowledged his past mistakes, then written a letter to the Laney Tower suggesting that he is no longer that person, as well as explain to students, staff, and faculty who he is now. He […]

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Letters to the editor – Rethinking Black History Month

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I read the article “Rethinking Black History”. I am glad that I came across this article because I have been thinking this for years! We don’t know much about Black History because we have only been taught a very small portion of it. Black history did not start with slavery, and it did not end with the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, it goes back thousands of years. Even though we were robbed of our culture and history, it is up to us to expand our knowledge of our history. If we do not know our history, we do not […]

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