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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