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September 5, 2016 6:21 AM

Join the Laney Tower: Cover your community and speak your truth We’re not writing this to the readers of the Laney Tower. We’re writing to its future writers—which is to say, we’re writing to you. You know your subject—your city, your school, your life—as intimately as any great journalist knows the subject of their Pulitzer Prize-winning article. You’ve come up with thousands of words on that subject over the course of your lifetime—it’s all there in your head. The only difference between you and the writers at the Laney Tower is that we started writing all that stuff down. At […]

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Imprisoned

May 19, 2016 1:07 PM
Imprisoned

A Laney Tower look into domestic violence and female incarceration “I lost my identity as a person, had no self worth, and was drowning in my sorrows,” wrote Star Miranda in a 2016 letter to the Nevada State Board of Nursing. Miranda wrote the latter in an attempt to regain her nursing license after having it suspended in 2015. Miranda had been a nurse practitioner since 2010—she was one of only three Black nurse practitioners in Reno, Nev. Then, in 2015, she was arrested and charged with a DUI, and one count of reckless child endangerment soon after divorcing her […]

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HIV still hurts those most in need

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HIV still hurts those most in need

Laney student examines impact of HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Oakland When I first came to Oakland from Kenya in January, 2013, I was surprised to see the carefree sexual attitudes of the American people. The HIV epidemic in Kenya has caused people to live in fear, and pushed the government to make health education one of its highest priorities. Though the numbers are still high there, the spread of the disease is declining. Here, in the U.S., it seems all is well, but under the surface, there is a predator hunting the American people. According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

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TOXIC NEGLECT

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TOXIC NEGLECT

Laney teach-in connects Flint water crisis to environmental racism in Oakland It has been two years since the State of Michigan decided to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron in Detroit to the Flint River. In response to the water crisis that ensued thereafter, Laney College held a teach-in on May 5 at the Laney Forum. Themed “From Flint to Oakland,” it strove to connect the dots between environmental racism and “toxic neglect” in cities like Flint, Mich. and Oakland, Calif. This event was sponsored by the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC), The Peralta Foundation […]

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Speaking each other’s language

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Speaking each other’s language

Laney ESOL students and Oakland senior home form cross-cultural collaboration Laney College’s ESOL Department (English Speakers of Other Languages) has partnered with The Lake Merritt Senior Living community, bringing students and senior residents together all semester in a utilization of untapped experience, wisdom, and talent. The partnership has had a great impact on the students, who are getting a chance to have quality conversations with seniors, many of whom are experienced educators. The residents discuss a number of topics with the students, such as celebrating holidays, interviewing for jobs, riding a bicycle and even experiencing fear. They talk about life […]

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In memoriam: Laney professor Douglas Gey

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In memoriam: Laney professor Douglas Gey

On March 18, Laney College Media Professor Douglas Gey passed away in his home in Oakland, at the age of 56. Gey was known for his love of muscle cars and his passion for discovering new foods. Gey battled serious heart conditions and other surrounding health issues throughout his life. Below, members of the Laney community remember Gey and his influence on their lives. When I decided to go back to school for video production, the first class I attended was Doug and Marla’s intro to audio class. During that course and also my remaining time at Laney, I found […]

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Staying healthy, one club at a time

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Staying healthy, one club at a time

Healthy Relationships Club founder C.C. Wynn finally finds a club she can count on: her own C.C. Wynn found herself at Laney College trying to change her life. Between recovering from addictions and learning new subjects, Wynn had a tough time keeping her mind on her studies. She looked to campus clubs that could help support her in this new environment—but she soon learned how to help herself, and take charge. FROM CLUB TO CLUB Cigarette smoking is a legal addiction, and quitting is nearly impossible. The smoking addiction was something she would have to come to terms with by […]

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No Words

April 7, 2016 1:48 PM
No Words

Without warning, BCC English tutoring program erased Berkeley City College shut down its free English tutoring service at the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester. Students have no other choice but to get much needed help by looking for tutoring somewhere else or signing up for a Writing Workshop class that is offered at BCC. But these, especially the latter, come at a high price. The Writing Workshop class, also known as English 208A, is a one-unit class comprised of nine sections. It involves highly structured, individualized writing instruction, with a focus on thesis control and essay organization. The class […]

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Hard lessons: a multi-part series on tutoring programs at the Peralta colleges

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Hard lessons: a multi-part series on tutoring programs at the Peralta colleges

In Part 1, we look at the shutdown of BCC’s free English tutoring program. Look for Part 2 in our following issue, available on April 21. 160: average number of hours of free writing tutoring students used per semester 125: average number of students who use the writing workshops per week $282: cost of a single unit for an international student, effective Fall of 2016, an increase of $62 $3,658: total tuition for an international student taking 12 units, with the unit fee increase SOURCES: BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE, PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

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Laney exhibit celebrates female Black Panthers

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Laney exhibit celebrates female Black Panthers

“Sisters of the Struggle” show to close on April 15 On April 6, the Laney College June Steingart Art Gallery exploded with sights and sounds during the closing reception for the “Sisters of the Struggle: Women of the Black Panther Party” exhibit. “Poetry is a weapon for social change!” Laney English Professor Jackie Graves proclaimed, as powerful images of the Panthers’ social movement framed her. The gallery was standing-room only, as many gathered to see Graves and others perform, as well as to walk through the collecton of art, illustraations, and photographs—some by Panthers themselves. The exhibit is part of […]

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Word on the Quad

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Word on the Quad

BCC has shut down its free English tutoring (see story on pg. 1). BCC’s Writing Workshop class has replaced it. What do you think? “I know quite a few people who need it. If they’re going to shut down the writing program there, they should allow the tutors at the Learning Resource Center [to tutor English.” Editor’s Note: BCC offers free tutoring in all subjects but English at their Learning Resource Center. Anna Remler English   “I think the [free] tutoring helped me more than the workshops… because it’s more one-on-one interaction and they’re able to give more input.” Christopher […]

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Ringside Ruckus III

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Ringside Ruckus III

East Bay Rats motorcycle club open their doors to boxing, burlesque Fists of fuckin’ fury Joe Cake straps in to fight. Boxers are equipped with regulation gloves and mouth guards before the fight, which adds to a semblance of safety. After the ritual of the bell, nothing is certain. While Cake won his bout this night, it was a mismatch by anybody’s standards. Whip-it! Stephen Alcata (left), the resident boxing coach at the Rats clubhouse 3025 San Pablo Ave., takes a shot to the face, although he did end up winning the match in two rounds. The crowd frothed with […]

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Laney welcomes interim president

March 17, 2016 2:09 PM
Laney welcomes interim president

Dr. Patricia Stanley vows to focus on building trust Dr. Patricia Stanley is the interim President of Laney College. She is taking over for Dr. Elnora Webb, who left to take a position with the Peralta College District. Stanley brings a wealth of experience to the position. On March 8 she held several meet- and –greet meetings to introduce herself to students, faculty, staff and administrators. She started out by briefly talking about her background. She was the president of Fredrick College in Maryland and was the interim president at Merritt College in 2012. She has also held administrative positions […]

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Female activists panel speaks on origins of activism

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Saying “black lives matter” doesn’t mean all lives don’t matter, and implies that liberation for one race is liberation for all races. A panel of women imbued with the desire to serve others spoke on this topic Mar. 9, before Laney College English and Ethnic Studies students. The women on the panel were Cat Brooks, Asantewaa Boykin and Ashley Yates. These women are co-founders of the Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) and significant organizers in the Black Lives Matter movement, whose mission is to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Brooks is a Las Vegas native who at an early […]

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Weaving Tales of Oakland

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Weaving Tales of Oakland

Oakland: There by The Sew n Sews A mini group of AAQGO Pat Bailey, Blanche Brown, Marsha Carter, Marilyn Handis, Debbie Mason, Norma Mason, Carolyn Pope, Dolores Presley, Ann Robinson, Julia Vitero OAKLAND’S LEGACY: STANDING FOR JUSTICE by FranCione WEST OAKLAND BLUES by Norma Mason WELCOME TO JINGLETOWN by Teresa Weyand OAKLAND GEESE by Jackie Houston

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