Culinary star and student president: Keith Welch to lead Laney

May 4, 2017 2:50 PM
Culinary star and student president: Keith Welch to lead Laney

By Hoku Gearheard-Gendre Tower Staff Writer Associated Students of Laney College President-Elect Keith Welch plans to put the “community” back in community college. Welch can still smell the fried chicken his mother used to make, back home in Monroe, La. He says it could wake him from sleep. He was called a “mama’s boy” because he spent so much time in the kitchen helping her. His reward: getting to lick the bowl. Today, you can still find Welch in the kitchen, now with his fellow culinary students. As newly elected ASLC president, he is determined to give back to all […]

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Privacy Protector

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Privacy Protector

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer We’re going down the rabbit hole again for another round of privacy-protecting pointers. Google’s search tool tracks your browsing history, preferences, and everything you click on while using Google sites and stores it in association with your IP address. That information is sold to third party advertisers who use it to create user-specific advertisements. Google creates “filter bubbles” by presenting search results that its automated system thinks you would prefer, which may differ from what you’re actually looking for. Google is already known for privacy violations, such as the 2013 case in which Google […]

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Laney Day

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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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Laney’s Meghan Moriarty cooks up recipe for a healthy community

April 20, 2017 11:58 AM
Laney’s Meghan Moriarty cooks up recipe for a healthy community

By Alison Stapp Tower Staff Writer Many students are unaware that when they enroll for classes, they pay requisite health fees each semester. A table set up in the Student Center is there to remind students what they were paying for. Health ambassadors occupy tables and inform students about pervasive health issues and they are eager to impart valuable information—access to community mental and physical health care providers, and support regarding sexual abuse and suicide prevention. Their services are available Monday through Thursday during the lunch hour. On-campus care includes free mental health, massage, and acupuncture appointments. Thanks to the […]

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Privacy Protector

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Privacy Protector

Privacy Tip: Use A Virtual Private Network By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between another network and your device via the internet. This encrypted connection is used to forward all of your network traffic through the VPN, adding a layer of privacy to your device. A VPN does NOT make you anonymous. Think of it as curtains for your windows.You may mask your activities within the house with the curtains, but your address is still visible to the outside world. Do not use VPNs that keep traffic logs or are based […]

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The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

March 2, 2017 9:36 AM
The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

An article published in the Feb. 2 edition of the Laney Tower titled “The Next President of Laney College?” set a series of events in motion that has caused outrage among some faculty members at Laney College. The day the article was published, one of the three recent presidential candidates at Laney College, Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, sent a letter to Peralta College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre complaining that “this article…is horrible and damaging to my career and my future employment.” In response to Tricoli’s letter, Chancellor Laguerre contacted Peralta Executive Director of Public Information, Communications, and Media Jeffrey Heyman. […]

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The kind of school that keeps its students safe?

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The kind of school that keeps its students safe?

“This is the beginning of a greater student unity,” Laney student Andrea Calfuquir said of the student meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 16. She referred to the growing number of students who came to the meeting of the Laney Community Engagement Leadership (CEL) Cohort. CEL cohort interns meet weekly with their faculty mentors, Alicia Caballero-Christenson and Paul Bulick, to create a more united and active student body and to appeal for increased student participation and community action. The focus of last Thursday’s meeting was to build a student coalition movement to support undocumented and Muslim students by establishing Peralta colleges […]

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The kind of school that listens to its faculty?

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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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Events Calendar

February 16, 2017 3:25 PM

Movies for Mental Health at College of Alameda Food, short films, and discussions about local resources are free for students at College of Alameda in F-building Pit Area on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12pm-2pm. Polar Obsession photography exhibit presents its opening reception The Brower Center presents Polar Obsession, an exhibition which will feature striking images of the world’s polar regions from photographer Paul Nicklen on Thursday, Feb. 16 at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley from 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Jim Grantham Quartet Fine jazz by top San Francisco Bay Area veteran musicians will be performed in the Terrace Room […]

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MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

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MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

Oakland Museum of California presents sneakers as art objects with rich history PICTURES COURTESY OF OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA Since the late 1800s, when London police officers began quietly sneaking up on criminals with a newly- designed rubber soled shoes, the sneaker has become part of the fabric of athletic, cultural and even political life. Sneakers, which were first called plimsolls, can reveal everything from race and class to political affiliation. Recently, they ran head on into political controversy. In November, New Balance’s public support of President Trump’s protectionist policies led a Neo-Nazi blog to declare the brand “the official […]

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Events calendar

December 8, 2016 10:08 AM

Oakland Public Library hosts “DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland” Discussion with local author, novelist, playwright and Laney College Professor of English Judy Juanita of her latest work, featuring essays about her evolution as a feminist, including joining the Black Panther Party and editing its newspaper; Dec. 10 at 2:30 PM at Oakland Public Library Main Branch Holiday Photo Shoot Fundraiser at Laney College Cosmetology Department Professional photo shoot at the Cosmetology Department, for holiday pictures; lights, hair, and makeup styling provided by current and former students; go to Laney’s B-100 on Dec. 10 at 11 AM; tickets are $30, […]

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