WHERE WE LIVE

November 29, 2016 9:34 AM
WHERE WE LIVE

Remember where we live. Today, we in the East Bay continue to suffer, like the rest of the country, under oppressive racism, economic inequality, and increasing displacement—plus the constant threat of earthquakes. So as the world grows more chaotic, we must remember where we live. Our Peralta Colleges sit in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda—beautiful cities in one of the most eclectic areas in the world. They might call us the “East” Bay, but we’re a region deserving of admiration all our own. We boast a long history of radical politics, one of the world’s top-ranked educational institutions, a people’s museum […]

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Events Calendar

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Events Calendar

Home Slice collects canned and dried food donations on Nov. 23 Food will go to the Alameda County Food Bank and donations will go on to help fight hunger and feed 1 in 5 county residents; DJs and dancing provided, from 9 PM to 2 AM at the Era Art Bar and Lounge on 19 Grand Ave. in Oakland “Deep Dreams” discussion in Berkeley about inspiration and hallucinations Google engineer and artist Mike Tyka in duscussion about neural networks, Google’s DeepDream project, and art; free at in UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Dai Hall on Nov. 28 from 6:30 to 8 PM […]

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HAIR!

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HAIR!

LANEY COSMETOLOGY DEPARTMENT TAKES HAIR TO NEW HEIGHTS At the Laney College Hair Show on Nov. 8, models with hairdos of all shapes and sizes showed off their designers’ work to a captivated audience.

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Moonlight and Arrival: the movies we need

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Moonlight and Arrival: the movies we need

This year, my partner’s daughter passed away. She was not yet 40; it was sudden, unexpected, and indescribably painful for us all. It will feel this way for a long time because the grieving process never really ends; the deaths of our loved ones are forever frozen in time. Even after we mourn, we still circle that moment—we dance with our memories of them as we remember so that those memories take on a life of their own. “Memory is a strange thing,” Louise says at the start of “Arrival.” We watch a flurry of her memories on-screen: scenes of […]

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Events Calendar

November 10, 2016 11:15 AM

Laney College screens Christopher Chen’s “The Late Wedding” Showing from Nov. 10 – 12 at the Odell Johnson Theater at 7 PM, tickets are $15 Acclaimed author visits Laney College on Nov. 10 H. Senzai, author of Shooting Kabul, will visit room D-200 at 12 PM SF Transgender Film Festival from Nov. 10 – 13 Tickets are $12 – 15; held at the Roxie Theater McClymonds High School screens Birth of a Nation on Nov. 10 Includes conversation with filmmaker Nate Parker and former Black Panther chairman Elaine Brown; free with priority seating to students, 4 PM; to reserve a […]

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Vote 2016

October 27, 2016 8:08 AM
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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Events Calendar

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Events Calendar

Laney College event raises awareness of breast cancer Wear pink and visit the 2nd floor of the Student Center on Oct. 27 from 11 AM to 1 PM Laney College offers free flu shots Students can go to the Student Wellness Center in Student Center 410 every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM Choose a Major/Career Workshop Advance sign-up requested for this workshop dedicated to helping students choose a major and/or career, located in the Laney College Computer Lab F-170A; Oct. 27 from 12 PM to 1 PM Laney College Hosts Manufacturing […]

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Stem cells for Diabetes

October 13, 2016 11:56 AM

“When I was growing up, diabetes didn’t seem to be a big deal because my father only had a minor version of the illness,” said Dr. Matthias Hebrok of his profound interest in diabetes research. “Now, seeing (my father) toward the end of his life, the illness has dramatic consequences. So, I decided to study this particular topic.” Hebrok is the director of the Diabetes Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He decided to pursue this area of study after witnessing the long-term repercussions of his father’s illness, which was diagnosed almost 50 years ago. Hebrok delivered a […]

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Passport problems

September 5, 2016 6:49 AM
Passport problems

Having trouble signing up for classes? Follow our guide to getting in Many classes at Laney College and at the other three colleges in the district are under-enrolled. Peralta Community College District’s enrollment has dropped and classes are being cut. In “Saving Ethnic Studies”, a Laney Tower article that ran in the May 19 issue, then-Vice President of Instruction, Lilia Celhay, had several suggestions about how to keep classes from being cut. She suggested students should take as many units as possible and that they register early for classes. “We’re less likely to cut classes that are full, but if […]

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You’re already a journalist

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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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