REAL TALK

March 2, 2017 8:42 AM
REAL TALK

Economist Richard Wolff takes on the factual and the fake at BCC lecture on Trump’s economy “Do you feel as though you’ve been ripped off?” Professor of Economics Richard D. Wolff asked that question at Berkeley City College on Feb. 22. “You have,” he confirmed, “by our very own economic system.” He followed with a sweeping condemnation of capitalism, a reality check on the Trump administration, and a plea for a collective intervention to change the current system. Wolff, a Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the New School University, is described by New York Times Magazine as […]

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Retracing Routes

February 16, 2017 3:38 PM
Retracing Routes

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson visits Merritt College to talk Black history “History is not optional. It’s life giving,” author Isabel Wilkerson said during her Black History Month keynote speech at Merritt College on Feb. 1. She then asked her audience: “How did we get to where we are?” Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” focused her keynote speech on the Great Migration and its importance today. Wilkerson became the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize while she was Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times in 1994. At the […]

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OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

2:46 PM
OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Former Laney student Milton Bowens presents exhibit tackling issues Oakland artist and former Laney student Milton Bowens poses questions about African Americans in America with his new collection, “The Discovery of Urban Cotton Fields” featured at the June Steingart Gallery in the lobby of the Laney Administration Building. Bowens studied illustration while in the Army before finding a mentor and changing his focus to fine art and mixed medias when he met former Laney art professor David Bradford. Bowens is influenced by the styles and works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. Bowens […]

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Merritt Tobacco-less Club receives $20k national grant [UPDATED]

November 29, 2016 8:32 AM
Merritt Tobacco-less Club receives $20k national grant [UPDATED]

Merritt College achieved another victory in the war on smoking, winning a $20,000 grant from the American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a program to end smoking on college and university campuses. The 20 schools chosen for the new $3.6 million multi-year program were announced on Nov. 14. Participants will receive technical assistance and resources to help them in their education, communication, prevention and advocacy efforts towards stopping smoking. Marlene Hurd, president of the Tobacco-less Club at Merritt, has led the effort against smoking since starting the club in 2014. She will be […]

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Searching for solace: stories of refugee students

October 13, 2016 8:01 PM
Searching for solace: stories of refugee students

ASONTA For Asonta Abifo, a student at Laney, America is her home now, but half of her is not here. The other half is still back home, in South Sudan, amidst another civil war. Tears form in Asonta Abifo’s dark eyes but never fall. She smiles occasionally and light laughter follows. At other times she only sighs. She arrived in Oakland in April 2000 by way of Egypt. She came with her two young daughters, and her husband. Three weeks prior to their departure, her 7-year old son died from sickle cell anemia. Her husband had recently been released from […]

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Food Fight

September 16, 2016 9:59 AM
Food Fight

Battle for solvency forces cafeteria to open despite concerns over health and safety On Sept. 7, the Laney College Cafeteria opened for business, serving up breakfast from the hot line steam tables to students and faculty for the first time in months. The cafeteria as a whole, including the steam tables, had been shut down in August for failing county health inspections. But by 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health had stepped in to shut down the steam tables once again. The department officially ruled that the steam tables were hazardous: they were malfunctioning […]

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