Festival Briefs

April 20, 2017 11:48 AM
Festival Briefs

Women in Music Festival – April 6-9 By David Hiltbrand Tower Staff Writer The Women In Music Festival took place in Oakland April 6-9, hosted at various locations around West Oakland and Downtown. The festival was founded by Carmena Woodward, aka Red Corvette, and Evangeline Elder as a response to music and parties being a consistently male-dominated industry, and to give womxn an avenue for creative self expression in a venue of like-minded people. In addition to three fantastic parties, the festival also boasted a robust lineup of panels, film screenings, yoga and meet and greets. The inaugural event, the […]

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GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

December 8, 2016 8:40 AM
GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

Elbo Room show proceeds benefit fire victims as artists around Bay rally in solidarity “Pass it around like church,” announced Natalie Ribbons of touring act Tele Novella announced as she held up a box marked “Donations!” The band is on tour from Austin, Tx., and was so moved by the tragedy on Dec. 2 that they decided to take donations into their own hands. The attic of the Elbo Room was lively but somber on Dec. 6, as the Bay Area struggled to cope with intense loss to the arts community through entertainment. Sugarcandy Mountain and Babewatch also performed in […]

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Tourettes Without Regrets

November 10, 2016 10:59 AM
Tourettes Without Regrets

Update 11/23/16: From the Tower staff This photo essay raised some eyebrows throughout the district. It has been brought to our attention that the essay’s graphic— and some accompanying language—might have offended some of our readership. We apologize if we have done so. The Laney Tower stands behind its editorial content—researching, reporting and editing stories for accuracy, fairness and transparency, as per the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. While we can’t always please everyone, we are committed to reporting about the district and community-at-large—always working to maximize accountability and minimize harm. Thanks for your support.   Oakland’s longest-running […]

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High wages

May 5, 2016 3:03 PM
High wages

San Francisco cannabis job fair draws hundreds to Regency Ballroom The GreenRush Cannibis Job Fair took place at the Regency Ballroom at 1300 Van Ness Ave. on Saturday, April The event was attended by hundreds of Bay Area professionals attempting to find their place in a burgeoning industry. There were a myriad of vendors and companies vying for their attention, with booths representing clubs, collectives, delivery services and publications in the MMJ (Medical Marijuana) industry. The most common jobs being offered, and perhaps the most highly sought after, were those of budtender (similar to a salesperson at a retail store) […]

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Professionally poured

March 17, 2016 2:05 PM
Professionally poured

Emeryville gets its first ‘real’ skate park Located between Park and 45th street on a narrow strip of freshly poured concrete parallel to San Pablo, Joseph Emery Park lies in wait. Unofficially open for the past month, we will finally see its grand opening this weekend—an event more than five years in the making. In 2011, the City of Emeryville in conjunction with Caltrans demolished a do-it-yourself skateboard park, colloquially known simply as “The Spot.” This DIY spot under the 580 interchange was a hub for like-minded enthusiasts in the years it was open, and even the city had to […]

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Down but not out

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Bernie Sanders appears to be the best person for the job of President of the United States, for reasons ranging from his voracity to his voting record. Most news media presented will lead you to believe that Sanders is trailing by a wide margin to Hillary Clinton. However, that might not be the whole story. Most delegate counts (a democratic candidate requires 2,382 to clinch the nomination) would present Clinton leading by an apparently unsurpassable margin. The truth is that Sanders currently trails by 306 delegates (1119 to 813), and most of the states that Clinton has had strong showings […]

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City of Oakland promises youth brighter future

February 4, 2016 3:28 PM
City of Oakland promises youth brighter future

Oakland Promise organization pledges to support students Over 500 people gathered under a large tent erected on the Oakland High football field this past Thursday, Jan. 28, for the launch of the Oakland Promise program. Among the speakers were Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, UC President Janet Nepolitano and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. There are over 75 such programs already implemented around the country dedicated to flipping the narrative from “at risk” to “at promise” youth—doing so in the hopes of putting the self-fulfilling prophecy to rest once and for all. For years, Oakland youth have suffered in a cycle of […]

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Laney wins 6 at Journalism conference

November 27, 2015 3:38 PM
Laney wins 6 at Journalism conference

The JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) annual Northern California event occurred on Nov. 7, at Sacramento State University. The day was packed with contests, workshops, and awards from the daily competitors, as well as submitted material from the last school year. After registration and wiping the sleep from the collective bleary eyes of the budding muckrakers, everybody settled firmly in their seats to hear the keynote speaker, Cristi Hegranes, rave about her company, GPI (Global Press Institute). After graduating with a master’s in Journalism and working around the industry for a few years, Hegranes noticed a trend in modern […]

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Welcome refugees

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If you are celebrating Thanksgiving with your family, or at all, this holiday season—you might want to consider those less fortunate.   Of course, I’m talking about the Syrian refugee crisis on our hands.  With the time of giving upon us, what could be more selfless than helping those in urgent need?  There’s been plenty of rhetoric on both sides of the issue, but let’s run down some of the more popular anti-refugee claims: 1. They’re lazy and unmotivated.   These men, women and children are leaving their homes and risking their lives hopping trains, boats and walking so many […]

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Entrepreneur Club to help students

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The Laney College Entrepreneur Club will hold an event entitled “How To Write a Successful Business Plan” on Dec. 1. The event will be hosted by Jim Cogan, President at Cogan & Associates and SCORE Small Business Counselor. Cogan has extensive knowledge and experience in small business growth and success, and will be sharing tips and tricks in Room D-107, Dec. 1 from 12 pm until 2 pm. The Laney Entrepreneur Club was founded late last semester, but counts fall of ’15 as their first semester as a fully chartered club. Previously, they held an event with the Laney Media […]

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‘Tiny Homes’ fosters community

November 13, 2015 2:17 PM
‘Tiny Homes’ fosters community

Portable yet stately, “Tiny Homes” represents an attainable goal for the modern American craftsman and sustainability enthusiast. Your traditional RV screams “creature comforts on the go.” Tiny Homes, on the other hand are more urban, and can be constructed by the everyman. There are many different kinds available, but the Laney College Carpentry Department is constructing two models:  the “Dandelion,” which is a “dependent” design (meaning it requires power, water and sewage hookups—like an RV) and the “Wedge,” of a “net zero” design (meaning it has solar power, a compostable toilet, optional rain collection reservoir and other off-the-grid upgrades).   […]

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Peralta College’s Golf Tourney coming to Oakland

September 17, 2015 2:54 PM

On Monday, Oct. 5, Peralta Colleges Foundation will host it’s 12th annual Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club, located at 4550 Heafey Rd. in Oakland. Registration will start at 9 am, with a Shotgun Start at 10 and the even wrapping up for a reception, with awards and auction, at 3:30. Competitions that day will include Closest to the Pin, Hole-in-one, Longest Drive and a Putting challenge. RSVP to Jessica Keahey at jkeahey(at)peralta.edu or call (510) 466-7205.

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10 years of Eco Arts at Steingart

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10 years of Eco Arts at Steingart

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Eco Arts class at Laney College. To celebrate, Andreé Thompson, Sharon Siskin and their students decided to show numerous pieces of art that have come from the class throughout the years in an exhibition in the June Steingart Gallery, lobby of the Laney Administration Building. The show spans the decade of works from the class, which was initially offered in 2005 as a collaboration with Zakary Zide of the Oakland Museum of California. The class teaches the students to not only express themselves, but to do so with an open heart and […]

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Why we can’t let Trump pass go

September 3, 2015 4:15 PM
Why we can’t let Trump pass go

Imagine an oligarch. Imagine a business man so out-of-touch with common society that he has enraged and alienated half of our bordering nations.  Imagine a man renown for hypocrisy and hate— the very picture of the “Monopoly Man.” Imagine a billionaire with a hotel in every city, and a private, gold-encrusted 747 at his beck and call. This is the same man who claims to be “tough on China” yet manufactures more items in that country every day. There is no way this campaign is a genuine one. Four years ago, Mitt Romney ran under the “run the country like […]

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OMCA brings the Islands to Oakland

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OMCA brings the Islands to Oakland

Pacific Islander history, culture, art and music on display Crashing waves. Your own thoughts are barely audible over the din of the ocean, but you still try your best to soften your footfalls, lest you break the spell. Standing transfixed in a dark hall, a projection of the Aurora Borealis looms before you. Chanting emerges as you move further into the room—a language seemingly older than time itself. You have stepped into a different world—Pacific Worlds. The Oakland museum of California exhibit focuses on Pacific Islanders, past and present. The focus is on the history of the indigenous tribes of […]

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