Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

April 20, 2017 12:25 PM
Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

Journalism Association of Community Colleges gives Tower 11 awards for writing, design By Bonnie Oviatt Editor-in-Chief The Laney Tower earned 11 awards at the 2017 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Conference held in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Inn from March 29 through April 2. The awards were for a wide variety of work done over the past 12 months and for on-the-spot competitions held at the conference. Sarah Carpenter, Alice Feller, KR Nava, Bonnie Oviatt and faculty advisor Scott Strain attended the conference, which drew hundreds of journalism students from across the state. Participants were urged to network […]

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Electors must dump Trump

February 3, 2017 3:46 PM

Afact by any other name is not a fact at all. I pride myself on the filter between my brain and mouth. Donald Trump lacks that filter. He says whatever he’s thinking without regard for what the facts really are. Trump claims that his was the most watched inauguration both in person and through other media sources. Aerial photos and the ridership numbers for the D.C. metro prove this is not true. Trump, however, is not backing down. He has also made many other statements that have later been proven false. In one speech, he claimed that the murder rate […]

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Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

December 8, 2016 9:46 AM
Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

Homelessness, poverty, income inequality, hunger and gentrification are not new problems for Oaklanders, or to students at Laney College. Thus, for many years the school has spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Open Door Mission, located on Seventh Street near the college. In the current economic conditions, donations are severely needed. The Open Door Mission is a faith-based Gospel Rescue Mission. It provides meals for anyone who needs assistance. It does not provide places to sleep. The mission does have a sober living environment that provides a small number of beds, but it is by invitation only and not […]

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DANCE OF VICTORY

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DANCE OF VICTORY

Annual Laney College Pow Wow coincides with hard-fought win for Native activists The American Indian Child Resource Center hosted the 17th annual Pow Wow in the Laney College gymnasium on Dec. 3-4, honoring American Indian social workers for protecting family integrity. The event featured contest dancing, Native food, a holiday Santa Claus giveaway, and authentic American Indian arts and crafts. There were also Saturday evening performances by Tanaya Winder and Frank Waln. A Pow Wow in an event where Native Americans come together to sing, dance, honor their cultures and socialize. Spectators were treated to many new cultural experiences. Drumming […]

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More power to the people

November 29, 2016 9:26 AM

The Electoral College made Donald Trump our next president, despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by 1.67 million votes. The Electoral College made George W. Bush president when Al Gore won the popular vote. Recently, people have become more aware of how the College is relevant in their lives, and how it has come to subvert the will of the people. The Founding Fathers of this country were afraid of putting too much power in the hands of any one person, branch of government, section of the country or in the people, so they established the Electoral College. The […]

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¡VIVEN!

November 10, 2016 10:47 AM
¡VIVEN!

Lively celebration marks Día de Los Muertos The sounds of drums, conches and other instruments reverberated through the Laney Tower as the June Steingart Gallery hosted a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Nov. 2. Día de los Muertos honors loved ones who have died. Students, faculty, and community members gathered in the gallery to marvel at the altars and decorations that celebrate the dead. The exhibit will run until Nov. 15. Día de los Muertes was originally an Aztec holiday. Now it has become a national holiday in Mexico. It is also celebrated in many […]

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Senator’s speech inspires athletes

October 27, 2016 8:24 AM
Senator’s speech inspires athletes

N.J. Senator Corey Booker visits Laney College Field House to talk confidence, success New Jersey Senator Corey Booker (D) was the featured guest at a gathering of the Laney football team dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20. The team, now ranked fourth in the state, has a tradition of having a meal together following their last practice prior to away games. The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Booker is a rising star in the Democratic Party. He gave the keynote address at this year’s Democratic National Convention, speaking right before First Lady Michelle Obama. Booker was even considered for the […]

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Vote 2016

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Vote 2016

From parole to pot, from plastic bags to prescription drugs, the bay prepares to cast their ballots in a historic election. The Laney Tower’s guide to measures and propositions. In the Laney Tower’s final issue before the Nov. 8 election, the Tower staff offers its readers a comprehensive election guide that looks at many measures and propositions on the ballot next month. From prescription drugs to parole, from pot to plastic bags, many of the issues that these measures and propositions tackle will have long-lasting effects on students, teachers, staff members, and the community at large. At the Tower, we […]

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Legality of district contracts in question

October 13, 2016 8:03 PM

The East Bay Times ran two articles, one on Oct. 9 and another on Oct. 10, about Peralta Community College District officials breaking contract-bidding and conflict of interest laws. The district paid Robert Ferrilli $80,000 dollars last October to evaluate the district’s IT system. After Ferrilli shaped the plan for what was to be done to fix the problems with the IT system, he was hired to run the department and make the repairs. Ferrilli’s Pennsylvania-based firm was paid an additional $825,000, much of which went to travel expenses according to the articles. State law prohibits consultants from getting public […]

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Is this a real gun?

September 29, 2016 9:13 AM
Is this a real gun?

Rise of realistic toy guns prompts Alameda County town hall on safety The East Oakland Youth Development Center was the site of the annual Town Hall Meeting presented Sept. 24 by the Alameda County Consumer Affairs Commission (ACCAC). Each year, the ACCAC chooses an issue that is important to the community and tries to bring citizen and experts together to discuss it. This year’s discussion centered on guns—more specifically, on the dangers of toy guns. It was titled “Weapons Like Toys” & “Toys Like Weapons” The nation has been rocked by shootings of unarmed citizens by police officers. There have […]

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Passport problems

September 5, 2016 6:49 AM
Passport problems

Having trouble signing up for classes? Follow our guide to getting in Many classes at Laney College and at the other three colleges in the district are under-enrolled. Peralta Community College District’s enrollment has dropped and classes are being cut. In “Saving Ethnic Studies”, a Laney Tower article that ran in the May 19 issue, then-Vice President of Instruction, Lilia Celhay, had several suggestions about how to keep classes from being cut. She suggested students should take as many units as possible and that they register early for classes. “We’re less likely to cut classes that are full, but if […]

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RECYCLERS DISCARDED

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RECYCLERS DISCARDED

A Laney Tower analysis of the Alliance Metals recycling center shutdown Whether thought of as a beloved institution, a blight on the neighborhood, or a lifeline for those who counted on it for survival, Alliance Metals, located at 3426 Peralta St., closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, Aug. 22. The controversial recycling center that opened in the 1980s was the only such facility in West Oakland that accepted walk-up customers pushing shopping carts. Allowing walk-up recycling created problems between the city and Alliance Metals. Neighbors complained that metal objects were often stolen from their yards. They blamed […]

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No place to lay their heads

June 30, 2016 12:04 AM
No place to lay their heads

The shelters of Alameda County can save lives. So why are so many people without homes avoiding them?

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Preventative surgery saves Laney student

May 26, 2016 1:24 PM

Not much scares Leilani Matthews. Her mother, Louise, had cancer twice. She beat cancer the first time after undergoing a mastectomy. But after Louise lost the second battle, the word cancer came to terrify her.

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Fall class cuts decimate Asian American Studies, Sociology departments

May 19, 2016 1:52 PM
Fall class cuts decimate Asian American Studies, Sociology departments

SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES: A two-part series on the fifty-year struggle for the soul of higher education The Peralta College District is facing a major drop in enrollment, and because of that a major drop in funding. Underperforming classes are being targeted district-wide. Certain departments, especially small ones and those in the social sciences, are being hit much harder than others. Across the district, 33 percent of Asian American Studies classes are being cut as well as 14.7 percent of Sociology classes and almost 11 percent of Communication courses. Laney, because it has the largest enrollment of any of the four […]

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