POTHOLE PROBLEMS

March 30, 2017 1:59 PM
POTHOLE PROBLEMS

Merritt parking lot plagued by potholes, trash, graffiti Unlike Merritt College’s other parking lots, there are no signs indicating where the B parking lot is. Despite the lot’s beautiful view of the entire Bay Area, half of it is literally dirt road covered with potholes filled with water. At the far end of the parking lot is a broken metal barrier surrounded by trash leading to what looks like it was supposed to be an access to another part of the parking lot. Continuing through the barrier are two dirt roads, one of which is completely flooded with water. Driving […]

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‘DEPLORABLE’

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‘DEPLORABLE’

Neglected Oakland building burns down, killing four and displacing dozens The charred skeleton of an apartment building stands smoldering and empty as emergency crews look on, waiting idly in the mist of a fire hose. This is the aftermath of the deadly March 27 inferno that gutted the building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. in West Oakland and took the lives of four people. “One lady got trapped in the building and called [out] while she was in flames,” said Anthony, a Laney student who described the fire. An employee for The Workforce Collaborative, Anthony, who wished to withhold his […]

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A NEW CHAPTER

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A NEW CHAPTER

Tammeil Gilkerson optimistic about becoming next president of Laney College In her application essay for college,Tammeil Gilkerson described herself as a book that is often judged by its cover. “Today,” she remarks, “the pages of my book are much different than that cover really is.” Laney College will meet her in the next few days as its new president, and she admits to being a little nervous. She knows others are, too. She is also inspired, excited, and hopeful. Before applying for the president position, Gilkerson had looked at jobs in the Peralta Community College District many times in the […]

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Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

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Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

“If you don’t know where your next meal is coming from,” Dante Allen said, “it can play a critical role in your mental and physical being.” Allen is the senior communications officer at the Calif. Dept. of Public Health Office of Health Equity, and was hosted by Laney College’s Umoja-UBAKA Community for a “Race, Class and Health Equity” workshop on March 28. The workshop discussed the health status of African Americans as a people in California, and the health services available to all Peralta students covered by their student health fees. Umoja Faculty Co-Coordinator Dr. Kimberly King organized the event, […]

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Connect

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Connect

Laney club bands together for building competition Laney’s Architecture Club was granted $8,000 from the student government Feb. 23 to attend an annual design competition April 7-9 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. But collecting the ASLC funds in time to register for the event has proven to be a stumbling block. “Every year, we go,” said Ron Betts, the club’s faculty advisor. Betts said that every year it’s a lot of work to get the funding. Club members are paying out of pocket, with the anticipation of reimbursement. The club’s previous president, Dev Chand requested $8,000 of […]

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Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

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Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

Just before Pearl Harbor was attacked, Flora Ninomiya’s family had established a cut-flower business in Richmond. As historian Howard Zinn put it, “One Congressman [Mississippi Democrat] John Rankin] said: ‘I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps…Damn them! Let’s get rid of them now!’” The film “Blossoms and Thorns” tells this story from many points of view, including those of families in California like Ninomiya’s who owned cut-flower businesses before incarceration. The history is harrowing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, “giving the army the power… […]

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TOWER WATCH

March 16, 2017 12:07 PM
TOWER WATCH

In previous issues of the Laney Tower, our staff has photographed and documented the various maintenance and infrastructural issues that Laney College has faced. We did this in each issue, briefly but consistently, in a feature called “Tower Watch.” Last year, we decided to retire the feature, giving the space over to stories and photographs about other issues across the district and the Bay Area at large. However, the problems have become yet again so persistent that we feel it’s important to give them the large amount of coverage they deserve. After all, some of us never use Laney’s bathrooms […]

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BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

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BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

Transgender and gender non-binary students now have a place to “go,” as it were. As of March 1, all public, single-occupancy bathrooms in California are considered gender-neutral. In response to a recent California law, gender-specific signage has been covered with temporary, gender-neutral replacements on all 21 relevant restrooms on Laney’s campus, with permanent placards on the way. “Laney College is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities to all our students,” said Laney College Public Information Officer Dolores Bernal. Changes in signage are the result of Bill AB1732, signed into California law September 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The […]

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A day without a woman

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A day without a woman

East Bay women take to the streets in show of resistance against inequality “We are the power.” Met with roars of approval from a crowd of hundreds clad in red shirts and pink hats, Shannon Malloy’s rallying cry echoed across the amphitheater of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza March 8, beginning a demonstration and march celebrating International Women’s Day. Malloy, an organizer for Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective, was one of many who spoke at the rally, whose themes included protection of women’s reproductive rights, denouncing the gender wage gap, and above all, unity. Malloy was followed by Tranica Cooks of […]

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TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

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TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

As citizens of the internet, many of us like to believe that we understand the risks of social media. However, in a society where a business mogul can be elected president by tweeting 140 characters a few times a day, it’s safe to say that the game is changing. Jeff Heyman has been the Peralta Colleges Executive director of Public Information, Communications and Media since 1999. On February 28, Heyman spoke to Journalism 62 about social media today (pictured above). In the 1950’s, when Americans began owning televisions, there were fewer sources for news. People read the local and national […]

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Fresh and free food, courtesy of Laney’s Keith Eliot Welch

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Hungry crowds have lined up, signed in and gotten ready to enjoy a free meal, gratis du jour, every Monday since the current semester began. Their benefactor is Keith Eliot Welch, a culinary arts student, president of the Laney Culinary Arts Club and an ASLC senator. Welch got the idea to serve free food when he found that nothing other than cold vending machine food was available after 2 p.m. on campus. He started a “Green Monday” program, which promotes green lifestyle choices and is built on the success of the “Meatless Mondays” program. Now, every Monday and Tuesday at […]

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