Budgets, stipends discussed for ASLC

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Josefina Baltodano, the interim vice-president of student services, brought news of potential stipends for student volunteers, to the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) meeting Thursday, Oct. 31. She said giving stipends for volunteer work is standard at other schools, and obtaining them for Laney students is one of her goals. Baltodano, who usually works at the University of California, Berkeley, (UCB), has been acting as Laney’s VP of student services since April. She said her time in the position will end once it is permanently filled, and she invited students seeking to transfer to UCB to contact her for […]

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KPFA official tracks changing face of the media, BART strikes

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Aileen Alfandary of KPFA radio came to discuss media coverage and the recent BART strikes with students in the introduction to journalism class on Oct. 31. Alfandary is a co-director and newscaster for KPFA, which provides alternative news coverage through shows like “Democracy Now.” KPFA is a part of the Pacifica Radio Foundation, which has stations based in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Houston as well as Berkeley. In her visit to the Introduction to Journalism class Alfandary asked students to examine the Bart strike that took place last month and talk about “How the media covered the […]

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

Associated Press writer Terry Collins visited the Introduction to Journalism class Oct. 29 to share his experiences as a writer for the world’s oldest and largest news agency. Collins spoke in depth on the recent BART strike, which he had been covering, detailing the ins and outs of writing on such a broad topic. Persistence and a blanket approach to choosing interview subjects were Collins’ methods to gaining as much information from the widest range of people as possible. “You could see the…anger from us, you know, riders and everyday people. All walks of life.  That was really interesting,” said […]

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There’s glitter in the air at BCC’s drag show

October 24, 2013 11:45 AM
Unity Club staff give a Berkeley City College student a makeover.

Newest Unity Club event combines dialogues on gender and identity with entertainment Genders were bent and glitter was shed at the Berkeley City College Gay Straight Alliance club’s drag event on Friday night. With the help of confetti cannons and catchy tunes eight performers from three bay area drag king troupes shared their art with an audience of students, friends, and peers. But the event did more than entertain, it educated and informed those attending and opened up the possibility of gender exploration through fun and interactive stations. The night kicked off with the Rebel Kings of Oakland’s “Total Eclipse […]

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ASLC discusses plans for budget disclosure, Halloween celebration

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Budgets and Halloween baskets were the order of the day when the ASLC met for its regular meeting Oct. 17. The ASLC announced that its budget, which runs into thousands of dollars, would be revised and printed out every two weeks to reflect the changing nature and obligations of student government. No further details were given. The ASLC announced it would hold a Halloween Party from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Student Center. A budget of $500 ($175 for candy) is allotted for the event, and the ASLC hopes to coordinate with the Laney Culinary Club to […]

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Activist Joya speaks out about human rights, responsibility

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Afgani activist Malalai Joya wants U.S. accountability for wars’ end.

Stresses that U.S. should be held liable for overseas involvement The Aug. 9, 2010, cover of TIME magazine asked “What happens if we leave Afghanistan?” showing a photograph of a disfigured Afghani woman, a victim of war violence. But Afghani women’s rights activist Malalai Joya wants to know – What happens because we are in Afghanistan? Joya spoke Thursday, Oct. 17 at Berkeley City College to more than 300 students and community members. Her presentation was part of a 60-meeting tour, encompassing talks from coast to coast. The tour was coordinated by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), a national […]

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State Attorney General exalts Laney students

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Students Dantong Zhang Sin and Qingmian Xue share a laugh with Calif. Atty Gen. Kamala Harris as she looks at their Chinese Family Reunion and Renewal of Family Bonds project in the Laney Library Oct. 11.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris paid a visit to the Laney campus Oct.11, honoring the student creators of the “What Mask Are You Wearing” art exhibit located in the library. Amongst a gaggle of talkative students and staff, Harris perused the colorful projects that students of the Asian/Asian-American Studies program have displayed in the library since September. “I think it’s great because we normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to speak with someone of the higher judicial system,” said Chun Cheung, one of over 260 students who have contributed to the exhibition. Harris was showered with gifts by faculty members and […]

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New student group at Laney takes on Latino issues

October 14, 2013 1:00 PM
BASTA is a new student group focused on Latino students' issues.

In a dimly lit classroom, the Brown Alliance of Students Taking Action (BASTA) humbly began its first meeting of the semester on Oct. 1. Though the turnout was only a handful of students, and the meeting had a shy start, the mission statement of the group was confident and clear. “[BASTA is] a multiracial alliance of students and allies focused on addressing and magnifying…the issues affecting Laney’s Latino student population both on and off campus,” said Latin-American studies instructor Alicia Caballero. Caballero, along with students Jhovana Perez and Miguel Avila, organized and directed the first group meeting. BASTA, which means […]

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Peralta finance chief resigns post

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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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Junior stylists hold charity ‘cut-a-thon’

October 10, 2013 1:21 PM
Cosmetology student Arnetris Thomas combs a mannequin's hair in the Laney College salon.

Laney College’s Cosmetology Department is holding a charity cut-a-thon Oct. 22 in room B100, which will benefit Look Good Feel Better, a nonprofit serving women suffering from cancer. Seasoned cosmetology students will provide haircuts, manicures, heat styling and makeup services. They will also apply hair embellishments and glitter tattoos, in honor of breast cancer awareness. The Laney Bistro is providing cupcakes and other treats for customers to enjoy. This isn’t the first charity organization the cosmetology department has been involved with: upper-class instructor Petra Schontges encourages her students to get involved in the community regularly. Last semester, they benefitted research […]

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Geeks have their day at ‘Nerd Nite East Bay’

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This painting, which was featured at Nerd Nite on Sept. 30, juxtaposes a retro style with futuristic fun.

We’re all nerds in one-way or another. And weather you geek out about art, music, or science, or spend and unnecessary amount of time on Wikipedia reading up about wormholes, modern dance, or crustaceans, East Bay Nerd Nite is bound to have something that will pique your interest. A diverse audience crowded into the New Parkway’s two funky theaters last Monday to attend the 12th East Bay Nerd Nite. The monthly event has been held for one year, an anniversary that was greeted with much enthusiasm. The atmosphere was relaxed, almost cozy, and the crowd was friendly, united by a […]

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Students battle parking lot woes

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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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‘Trial of the 20th Century’ up for vote

September 26, 2013 1:51 PM
O.J. Simpson's case is a "Trial of the 20th Century" candidate.

Which trial would you vote for as the Trial of the 20th Century? The Peralta Community College District is holding a fundraiser and debate discussing seven of the decade’s most iconic trials, including the trials of O.J. Simpson, Huey P. Newton, and Angela Davis. The event’s panelists are all renowned attorneys with first-hand knowledge of the trials for which they’ll be debating. Howard Moore Jr., councilmember of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights movement, will be among them. Attendees will vote for their trial of choice with donations, which will benefit Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), […]

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‘Cracking the Codes’ decrypts racial equality

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Dr. Shakti Butler speaks on Cracking the Codes.

Swaths of people filed into the Laney Forum on Sept. 13 to catch a glimpse of the latest documentary film. At 10 a.m. on a Friday, arguably a community college’s sleepiest time of the week, students arrived with varying degrees of enthusiasm: some sitting in the front rows of the auditorium, next to the large groups of faculty with pens in their hands, others in the back, enjoying a free breakfast while chatting languidly with their peers. Some arrived to filmmaker Dr. Shakti Butler’s forum of their own volition. Others needed enticing with promises of extra credit. Nevertheless, Dr. Butler’s […]

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