Letters to the Editor – Girl power

September 3, 2015 4:13 PM

Dear Editor—My life outside of school is spent organizing with women and queer people.  This shapes my curiosities about student life as I begin my first semester at Laney College – What informs conversations and awareness around sexual assault on campus?   In June, three women – Sofie Karasek, Aryle Butler and Nicoletta Commins- filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley for failing to educate students on sexual assault and gender-discrimination. All this in the wake of several high-profile stories, including assault-claims by the aforementioned women, exposing UC Berkeley’s Frat-culture and it’s connoisseurs for what they are – a refuge for the consensually […]

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Letters to the Editor

May 14, 2015 6:20 PM

A bad rap Editor—From the Laney Tower Volume 52, Number 13, I read the article, ‘“Rabbi of Rap’: music video with a message” and was encouraged with what Professor Ziegler and her students want to do. It is good for a group of people to step up to inspire the society about how we live in a place where there are many societal challenges and dangers that students face. On the other hand, my support for this group changed as I watched the “Madeline Minx” video on YouTube. I was shocked when I saw the inappropriate wardrobes the professor wore […]

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Letters to the Editor

April 17, 2015 6:29 PM

Electric Boogie Editor—After reading the article “Students Can Now Charge up their Electric Cars At Laney,” I felt very proud of my school for being environmentally sound and conscious. I can really get on board with the fact that Laney wants to not only reduce its “carbon footprint,” but also reduce its lighting costs and overall emissions. For those with electric cars, they are already contributing to an emission-free way of transportation and I applaud that. The fact that one can get an education and charge their cars simultaneously speaks volumes to the campus’ interests and values. I find it […]

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Letters to the Editor

March 27, 2015 5:34 PM

Good Show Editor—I thought the article “Students get chance to ‘Give Back’ at hair show” (Tower, March 12) was informative and uplifting for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was not aware of the unique opportunities the Laney cosmetology students are experiencing to gain hours, to improve their skills, and to be actively involved in their community. Secondly, I felt a sense of pride in those who were involved in the first “Give Back” hair show, as they were provided the space to celebrate their beauty in recognition of Black History Month. Lastly, the event and the students have a […]

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Letters to the Editor

March 12, 2015 1:51 PM

Dreams deferred Editor—I’m responding to “College degree no longer magic” (Tower, Feb. 26) written by Uilani A. Gray. A whole life it has been institutionalized in our minds that we go to school, get into a good college, which then gets us a good career, we find the love of our life, we marry and have children, grow old, etc. That dream was realistic 40 or 50 years ago. The sad reality is, there is little to show after you spend years in school, working your ass off at a minimum wage job, to avoid taking out student loads. There […]

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Letters to the Editor

March 2, 2015 8:34 AM

‘Caravan’ article inspiring and moving Editor—The article written by Angela Scott (“Reporter joins caravan for justice”/Feb. 12) was very inspiring and moving. I am glad to know that there are people like Angela at Laney. Activism always enticed me, but politics not as much. Angela made politics seem not only important but worthy of getting familiar with and doing something about injustices in our legislative and judicial branches. The only problem I had with the article was how it ended. It ended with an incomplete sentence and leaves the reader on sort of a cliffhanger. Instead of a complete sentence […]

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Letters to the Editor

February 12, 2015 8:11 PM

Support for veterans lags behind demand Editor—I am writing to voice my frustrations for the lack of support for veterans on the Laney campus. Since returning to the Laney campus in January 2012, I have a new-found appreciation for all veterans.  Veterans returning to college have increased dramatically since the post 9/11 GI Bill.  Laney has not kept up with the demand for services to assist veterans adequately; for example, Laney has only one full-time counselor to service approximately 150 veterans attending classes on campus. In addition, veterans’ dependents are entitled to some of the same benefits as veterans, and […]

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Letters to the Editor

8:10 PM

Tower refreshing but ‘lacks active presence’ Editor—It is refreshing to see a paper that integrates the many facets of student life within its pages. However, I find that this paper has failed to include an active presence within its articles. For example, “Peralta Student Trust Fund” (Tower, Jan. 29) made an attempt to highlight the controversial actions of the Peralta Board of Trustees, but failed to include the repercussions of said actions. Based on the article, I would assume the only person affected by the loss of Laney’s $70,000 was Carl Oliver, but there must be more than that. I […]

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