Laney Day

May 4, 2017 1:48 PM
Laney Day

Laney Day The Inter-Club Council organized the first-ever Laney Day–an event for students to celebrate their school. Volunteers from clubs on campus helped run the event, passing out custom Laney Day t-shirts, cooking food, or tabling for their club.     “It was successful because it did exactly what we wanted it to do,” ICC Vice President Rowena Brown said. When she looked around, she saw smiles, dancing and student camaraderie filling the quad.   — All photos by Saskia Hatvany

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Progress on pronouns

March 30, 2017 1:51 PM
Progress on pronouns

For the first time, the Associated Press has recognized ‘they’ as an acceptable singular and/or gender-neutral pronoun (see below), which demonstrates how necessary it is for language to adapt. The AP’s new style guide says that, for gender-neutral subjects, “use the person’s name in place of a pronoun, or… explain in the text that the person prefers a gender-neutral pronoun.” As conversation surrounding gender neutrality and fluidity become more common in society, it becomes clear that English is lacking in this department. English does not have a gender-neutral pronoun, and yet pronouns are essential to proper syntax. We are given […]

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Connect

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Connect

Laney club bands together for building competition Laney’s Architecture Club was granted $8,000 from the student government Feb. 23 to attend an annual design competition April 7-9 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. But collecting the ASLC funds in time to register for the event has proven to be a stumbling block. “Every year, we go,” said Ron Betts, the club’s faculty advisor. Betts said that every year it’s a lot of work to get the funding. Club members are paying out of pocket, with the anticipation of reimbursement. The club’s previous president, Dev Chand requested $8,000 of […]

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The kind of school that listens to its faculty?

March 2, 2017 9:25 AM
The kind of school that listens to its faculty?

At Feb. 22’s town hall meeting in the Laney College Forum, Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre recounted his visit to the campus on a rainy day, and the structural leaks he witnessed. “It became abundantly clear to me that we need a whole lot more than what we have in order to address the needs that we have at Laney College, specifically around those leaks,” he said. “I contacted our lobbyist [Patrick McCallum] in Sacramento and I shared with him that, what I witnessed.” Laguerre said that the district faced “an emergency at Laney, and that […]

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Defending Democracy

February 16, 2017 2:26 PM
Defending Democracy

Laney College hosts panel of immigrant rights experts to offer resources Laney College’s Teach-In Series is gaining traction and relevancy post-inauguration. The Forum was filled almost to capacity on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with attendees sitting along the aisle in the back of the room. In the wake of President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Teach-In planning committee organized and presented an “emergency Teach-In,” titled, “Unite to Protect Our Rights: Stop the Migrant Ban, Defend Democracy.” The Teach-In put hundreds of Laney students and faculty in contact with a panel of immigration lawyers and defenders of […]

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Vanity Mirror

February 3, 2017 3:51 PM
Vanity Mirror
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In first person: one Oakland woman’s story of her and her countrywomen’s march for freedom

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In first person: one Oakland woman’s story of her and her countrywomen’s march for freedom

My bedroom, living room, and kitchen windows overlook Madison St. in Oakland, very close to the start of the city’s Women’s March. The morning of the March, a wave of women in pink “pussy hats” rolled toward Lake Merritt BART. It began at 8:30, when I awoke, and an hour later was going full force. The streets I cross every day to get to Laney College, to BART, or to the lake were blocked off, now filled with a seemingly endless crowd of people, most of them wielding the most creative, clever, and funny signs I’ve ever seen at a […]

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IN MOURNING

December 8, 2016 9:09 AM
IN MOURNING

Community gathers to honor 36 lost in Oakland fire About 1,500 Oaklanders gathered at the Lake Merritt pergola on Monday evening, Dec. 5, carrying electric candles, LED poi, and glowsticks. The event organizer, Anthony Bonnett, asked that no open flames be present. Friends and families who shared their memories were met with cheers of love and the raising of hundreds of little glowing lights. Natalie Jahanbani spoke through tears about her partner, who was confirmed dead that day. “I will tell her story, her name was Em, and I loved her so much, and I will never stop telling her […]

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It Doesn’t Add Up

November 29, 2016 9:24 AM
It Doesn’t Add Up
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Moving It Forward

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Moving It Forward

Latest Laney College teach-in empowers students to fight for progress at home and at school The latest event in the Laney College’s Teach-In Series took place in the Student Center on Nov. 16. Students, professors, and other community members gathered to eat pizza and discuss the presidential election and local election results—as well as campus improvement suggestions. “We’re gonna make this place work like it ought to.” – Peter Brown, Laney Instructor Ethel Long-Scott from the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and Laney students Marquise Johnson, Brandon Robinson, Arnelle Berry, Alisha Alston, and Jevari Morgan made up one of many […]

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COMMUNITY, COLLEGE

October 27, 2016 8:33 AM
COMMUNITY, COLLEGE

Laney College teach-in tackles local issues to strengthen student-community bonds Volunteers from Laney College faculty, student body, and community hosted their second teach-in of the year in The Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to discuss local issues on the Nov. 8 ballot. The event was titled “The Audacity of Profit is a Threat to Democracy.” It covered the following ballot initiatives: Measure JJ – Renters Protection Measure LL – Police Oversight Proposition 55 – Public Funding of Public Education Before the teach-in began, the Laney Quad was speckled with bright T-shirts on the backs of young representatives from groups like […]

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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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Echoes

October 13, 2016 11:46 AM
Echoes

Oakland exhibit traces history of Black Panthers Party Oakland, fifty years ago: two visionary students at Merritt College joined together and started a revolutionary organization. These students were Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. They called their organization the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and they fought militantly, at times controversially, for the civil rights of minorities. From now until Feb. 12, 2017, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) honors the legacy of this bold movement created in 1966 with their exhibit, “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50.” MANY HISTORIES There are many tributes being paid to […]

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Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

September 15, 2016 10:49 AM
Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

“Altered State: Marijuana in California” looks like a pot-smoking teenager’s bedroom that has been reconstructed and glorified on a museum’s walls. Zig-Zag rolling papers, which can be purchased at almost any gas station, sit behind museum glass, along with creative bongs made by museum staff. The tools of a pot-smoker suddenly feel like artifacts, and the famous stoner characters from television and cinema seem like a timeline of the mystique surrounding marijuana. But what really deserves attention, besides the flair of pot paraphernalia—is data the museum has gathered that fuels educated conversation about the impact this plant has politically, socially, […]

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BLOOD STAINED

September 5, 2016 8:16 AM
BLOOD STAINED

Who will watch our watchmen? A CITY DIVIDED – A CITY UNITED AS THE NATION REELS FROM CONTINUED POLICE VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION, THE BAY AREA COMES TOGETHER TO ASK: WHO WILL WATCH OUR WATCHMEN? Within the span of one week in early July, the world watched two Black Americans die at the hands of police officers. On July 5, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police officers at close range while being pinned to the ground because he was selling CD’s outside a Baton Rouge convenience store. On July 6, Diamond Reynolds used her smartphone to broadcast live on […]

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