Did you feel the earthquake and what was your reaction to it?

September 8, 2014 11:42 PM

Word on the Quad Did you feel the earthquake and what was your reaction to it? “I barely felt the earthquake. My mom came and asked me if that was an earthquake, and I said, ‘That was no earthquake.’” Andre Shyne Music Management “I was at a downtown party and nobody felt the earthquake.” Nicole Simmons Small Business Administration “I was asleep.” Mary Anderson Architecture “I expected my dogs to go crazy after the earthquake, but they were just looking at me to see if I was ok.” Josie Byars Anthropology “Terrifying.” Najeb Alazznai Undeclared “I was at a friend’s […]

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Students and staff wary of B-building construction zone, foul air

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TOWER WATCH The Tower salutes all of the students and staff holding forth in B building. We have received many complaints about the construction obstacle course as students traverse from one classroom to another. Just as frustrating, the air quality in some of the classrooms has caused some students and faculty to seek classrooms in other buildings to conduct classes. Administrators say the situation is regrettable but “temporary.” We’ll keep watch. Something broken on your campus? Contact us at laneytower@peralta.edu.

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Carolan litigates on behalf of media

May 15, 2014 1:41 PM
Carolan litigates on behalf of media

In the discussion surrounding media careers, the jobs that come to mind are journalists, PR people, and editors, but such jobs only represent one side of the media world. Every publication or network needs someone to defend them in cases of libel and fight for the First Amendment rights that grant them access to information and to protect their sources. Duffy Carolan is one of these valiant advocates. As a local media attorney she has defended several big name and Bay Area media outlets in court and provided consultation to help them prevent future cases. Carolan herself began as a […]

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3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

May 1, 2014 4:54 PM
3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

Few technologies are as exciting or promising as 3-D printing. Though 3-D printing has been around since the early 80s, it didn’t come into its own until around 2006. Since then the technology has progressed rapidly, even making its way into people’s homes. In a nutshell, 3-D printing is the creation of a three-dimensional object from a digital file. Just as we create real, paper-and-ink documents from digital ones, 3-D printing uses a variety of methods to translate data files into actual items. All 3-D printing processes use the same basic steps. First a three-dimensional, digital model of the desired […]

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Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

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Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

Tucked away in the back room of Merritt College’s Microscopy Laboratory is a piece of machinery whose small stature belies its powerful capacity. Housed in room D247, the laboratory is home to the tabletop TM3000 scanning electron microscope (SEM), which bears a striking resemblance to R2-D2’s kid brother, and its SwiftED3000 attachment. On loan from manufacturer Hitachi, the TM3000 SEM was the focal point of a week-long event from April 21-25 designed to educate and inform the public of the benefit of acquiring a piece of research equipment which, according to laboratory technician Peter Werner, might one day make its […]

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM
A former Panther’s concept for revolution

In a society still clashing on issues of race, sexuality, Ericka Huggins offers insight on social justice Armed with a calm demeanor and a kind smile, former Black Panther Ericka Huggins spoke to Laney’s Perspectives on Racism class Oct. 30 to share her wisdom on race, gender roles, and education. The class, instructed by Alicia Caballero, had recently finished readings in “Want to Start a Revolution?”, a book profiling 16 women and their contributions to progressive social movements from the 1920s to today. “If you believed the media you would think that only men forwarded social movements,” said Huggins. Huggins, […]

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State Attorney General exalts Laney students

October 24, 2013 11:27 AM
Students Dantong Zhang Sin and Qingmian Xue share a laugh with Calif. Atty Gen. Kamala Harris as she looks at their Chinese Family Reunion and Renewal of Family Bonds project in the Laney Library Oct. 11.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris paid a visit to the Laney campus Oct.11, honoring the student creators of the “What Mask Are You Wearing” art exhibit located in the library. Amongst a gaggle of talkative students and staff, Harris perused the colorful projects that students of the Asian/Asian-American Studies program have displayed in the library since September. “I think it’s great because we normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to speak with someone of the higher judicial system,” said Chun Cheung, one of over 260 students who have contributed to the exhibition. Harris was showered with gifts by faculty members and […]

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Peralta finance chief resigns post

October 14, 2013 12:51 PM
Ron Gerhard's first day at CCSF will be Oct. 21.

Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Ronald Gerhard announced his resignation at the September 24 Peralta Board of Trustees meeting. Gerhard said his resignation was the result of an employment offer from City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and that he had not been actively seeking a new position. “I wasn’t looking. I was approached and asked if I was interested in the position…I enjoy working at Peralta.” The Peralta Board of Trustees will meet to decide who Gerhard’s temporary replacement will be. A permanent replacement will be determined shortly afterwards. Gerhard began working for the Peralta Community College District […]

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Students battle parking lot woes

October 10, 2013 12:30 PM
Students walk back to their cars.

Student Brandon Shook returned to his car with a fresh parking ticket after a brief conversation with police technician M. Tarver Oct. 3. Shook had been parking his car in the lot south of Laney College since the semester began. Despite purchasing a permit for the lot back in August, he still faced a second $40 charge for illegal parking. Unbeknownst to him, Shook had parked in a faculty space. Aisles A through D of the lot are ostensibly for faculty vehicles only. “I don’t even know where exactly it says, ‘This is Aisle A,’ or whatever,” he said. One […]

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Prominent anti-war activist talks at Berkeley City College

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Prominent anti-war activist talks at Berkeley City College

Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, an elder statesman of the anti-Vietnam War movement, talked to students Sept. 24 at Berkeley City College.

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Laney student allegedly drowns in Lake Shasta

September 26, 2013 1:30 PM
Friends say Robinson Sok was a selfless, charming and uninhibited in his appreciation for family, friends and classmates.

Laney student Robinson Sok, 18, is believed to have drowned in California’s Lake Shasta on Friday, Sept. 6, although his body has not been recovered.  Sok’s death, the first this year at the lake, was followed two days later, by that of Ken Smith, a diver who was part of the search team looking for his body. Initial reports indicated Sok died while attempting to assist a friend struggling to stay afloat in the water. Sok was said to have been with five friends on a houseboat near the McCloud River arm of the lake around 10:20 a.m. when a […]

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Culinary Arts student awarded $5,000 scholarship

September 12, 2013 4:35 PM
GGRASF scholarship winner Shana Waqia and chef David Jones at the Laney Bistro.

A Laney College culinary student has been awarded an amazing opportunity in the form of a $5,000 transfer scholarship. Shana Waqia was awarded the scholarship on Aug. 15 by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF). She is one of the several students who receive a scholarship from the GGRASF each year.

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Local community garden grows ‘green bonds’

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The newly revamped Laney Garden isn't just for geology students; the college welcomes green thumbs from all over the community.

A joyous potluck took place on the Laney College campus over Labor Day weekend, but it wasn’t because the 2013-2014 school year had begun. It was in celebration of the first ever harvest of the garden started last spring on the Laney campus. Beginning a little over a year ago, Laney partnered with the local office of the International Rescue Community (IRC) on their “New Roots’” program. The project brought together Laney and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), which uses the land as a community garden where refugees and immigrants can continue their land-based traditions of food […]

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A commuter cyclist’s guide to safe travels

August 29, 2013 4:04 PM
A student cyclists onto the Laney College campus.

Last semester, on the first day of Finals Week, I was returning home from running errands on my ancient Diamondback mountain bike, broken gears and all. Traffic hit a standstill for the gas-guzzlers on 40th Street, but not for me as I rolled out of the bike lane and onto the sidewalk, weaving “gracefully” around pedestrians and ignoring stop signs entirely, “Atomic Dog” blaring through my headphones. I needed to make a left on Adeline to continue home, but to do that, I’d have to barrel through crammed and irritable Monday afternoon traffic to get into the turning lane. Lucky […]

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Laney College clear of academic warnings

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Peralta District accreditation is secured, says Chancellor Ortiz Much like the weather, the state of the East Bay’s community colleges is decidedly sunnier than our friends across the bridge. While City College of San Francisco is embroiled in a certification battle with the Accreditation Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)—a battle that was recently joined by the U.S. Department of Education—the Peralta Colleges appear to have found solid footing, according to District Chancellor Dr. Jose Ortiz. “We have certainly completed that hurdle of getting full accreditation to all of our colleges,” he said. “The district came through resolving all the recommendations and we now have full accreditation. It’s part of the fabric of our institution.” Ortiz took […]

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