Staying healthy, one club at a time

May 19, 2016 12:02 PM
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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Black History Month brings in big names

March 3, 2016 12:52 PM
Black History Month brings in big names

Liberation after incarceration: Angela Davis on Mumia Abu-Jamal, the future of the prison industrial complex Angela Davis drew a standing room only crowd last Thursday, Feb. 18 at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, where she called for the abolition of the prison industrial complex. The occasion was the publication of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s new book, Writing on the Wall, as well as the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Johanna Fernandez, who edited this collection of Mumia’s essays, opened the night by calling for revolution. “As recent right-wing reactions to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance suggest,” she noted, “memory of the […]

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Choosing community over chaos: Bobby Seale on the future of Oakland

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Choosing community over chaos: Bobby Seale on the future of Oakland

When it hit evening on Feb. 27, countless people had gathered at Merritt College to hear Bobby Seale, an Oakland native and a co-founder of the Black Panther party, speak. Before Seale even made it halfway to the stage, the audience was giving him a standing ovation. The event was called “Community and Chaos: Where Do We Go From Here?” hosted by The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series, and co-produced by Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College. Barbara Lee, Eilhu Harris, representatives from the MLK Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, and Merritt College President […]

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Writing like a butterfly, stinging like bee: Ishmael Reed on Muhammad Ali

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“Our generation of the 1960’s broke the mold,” author Ishmael Reed declared to a receptive audience of students Feb. 25 in the Laney Forum. Reed is known as an important African American writer, who has written 10 novels, many plays, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction books. He has also written 2 travelogues, one of which is about Oakland. Reed had just turned 78 on Feb. 22. Professor D. Scott Miller, author of the book “Afro Surreal Manifesto,” introduced Reed, and wished him a happy birthday. That was after Miller told the audience that when he was deciding where to go […]

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Word on the Quad

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Word on the Quad

What are your thoughts on the issue of homelessness? “I’m originally from Vietnam. When I came here, it surprised me to see the large homeless community. In my country, I feel like [homeless people] have a better life. They have shelter, even if they’re poor, and no one’s going to kick them out.” Diep Tran Nursing   “There’s plenty of open space, buildings, to build shelters, or just have a place to provide clothes, showers, and food for people who don’t have homes. If you just had a group of people who focused on that issue, anything could happen.” Tamarra […]

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Wiffle ball tournament hits Oakland with a whack

February 18, 2016 2:47 PM
Wiffle ball tournament hits Oakland with a whack

As people awoke from their slumber on February 6, William Johnson and a few other friends were setting up for the Second Annual West Oakland Co-Ed Slow Pitch Wiffle Ball Winter League Championship Series Picnic For Indoor Kids. Focusing on the game between MLK Jr. Juniors and The East Bay Bats was a compelling competition. The Wiffle ball rules only allow three innings, but for this game it ended in five. Both teams put equal efforts and by the third inning—it was tied 2-2. By the bottom of the fifth East Bay Bats were down 5-2. As Josh Freitas steps […]

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Tower Watch – ATM (still) withdrawn

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Tower Watch – ATM (still) withdrawn

The ATM in the student center is still on the fritz. The closest alternative to Laney College’s ATM is in the donut shop at 8th and Oak, or the Wells Fargo at 12th and Madison. Something broken on your campus? Email laneytower(at)peralta.edu.

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