BEST Center breaks ground, celebrates sustainability

March 3, 2016 1:14 PM
BEST Center breaks ground, celebrates sustainability

On Feb. 25, Laney broke ground for what will become the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center, a “living lab” classroom. The BEST Center will make Laney College the epicenter of green technology education. In March 2016, construction will begin with the demolition of the tennis courts on campus. The lab will be a showcase for the latest technology in green building, beginning with the architects and engineers, starting from the ground up. The hope is that the curriculum will begin to be taught in the coming semesters. Laney’s BEST Center will become the one of the country’s […]

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‘This Changes Everything’

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2015 film changes the conversation about climate change On Feb 3rd at Laney College, “This Changes Everything” played to a near-capacity crowd at Odell Johnson Theatre. The ASLC and Laney’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs hosted the event celebrate the opening of the Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center. Peter Crabtree, Dean of Career and Technical Education and Principal Investigator of the BEST Center’s prestigious $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, introduced the movie. The subject of the movie is a personal one for Dean Crabtree, having spent time with indigenous people during his trip […]

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The Architecture of Fun

February 18, 2016 2:00 PM
The Architecture of Fun

Frank Ozawa Plaza was turned into an arts playground, as OurCity and the City of Oakland partnered on Feb. 4-6 to produce the first “OurCity: Oakland Public Design Fair.” Oakland artists and residents came together to re-imagine Oakland by focusing on the theme of play. At the fair’s “Pedal Powered Pump Organ,” made by artists from The Crucible, five-year-olds were pedaling next to 65-year-olds, making music from people-powered sounds. At “Scaffoldia,” made by The Open Workshop, participants were invited to pick up blocks and help construct scaffolding to play on, between, within and underneath. Another installation featured a makeshift living […]

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Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

February 4, 2016 2:23 PM
Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

Classic Shakespearian work gets modernized, sacrifices plot and prose for bloody battles The movie “Macbeth” succeeds as a parable of the inevitability of war. But director Justin Kurzel’s version bears little resemblance to Shakespeare’s. The screenplay is unintelligible, masked by muffled heavy Scottish brogue. But if we catch a few words suggesting a famous monologue, our minds fill in the rest. And anything the two leading actors do is worth watching. My mother used to say that a great actor can read the phonebook and make us cry. The leads are played by two of our greatest living actors, Academy […]

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