Peralta finance chief resigns post

October 14, 2013 12:51 PM
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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Constitution Day event encourages political involvement on the quad

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Dean Marco Menendez on Constitution Day on the quad stressed the importance of staying informed through alternative media.

In an effort to raise awareness and increase student involvement in the political process, several speakers took to the Laney quad on Sept. 17 in celebration of Constitution Day. Featured speakers included Dean of Students Marco Menendez, English instructor Chris Weidenbach, and Laney Classified Senate President James Blake. After a brief introduction by Mark Wilson of the Peralta Student Council, Dean Menendez entered into his discussion, one in which he issued warnings about corporate involvement in the political process. “The best constitution in the world can be manipulated by corporations,” Menendez said, citing the landmark Santa Clara County v. Southern […]

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Laney student allegedly drowns in Lake Shasta

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Friends say Robinson Sok was a selfless, charming and uninhibited in his appreciation for family, friends and classmates.

Laney student Robinson Sok, 18, is believed to have drowned in California’s Lake Shasta on Friday, Sept. 6, although his body has not been recovered.  Sok’s death, the first this year at the lake, was followed two days later, by that of Ken Smith, a diver who was part of the search team looking for his body. Initial reports indicated Sok died while attempting to assist a friend struggling to stay afloat in the water. Sok was said to have been with five friends on a houseboat near the McCloud River arm of the lake around 10:20 a.m. when a […]

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Culinary Arts student awarded $5,000 scholarship

September 12, 2013 4:35 PM
GGRASF scholarship winner Shana Waqia and chef David Jones at the Laney Bistro.

A Laney College culinary student has been awarded an amazing opportunity in the form of a $5,000 transfer scholarship. Shana Waqia was awarded the scholarship on Aug. 15 by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF). She is one of the several students who receive a scholarship from the GGRASF each year.

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Local community garden grows ‘green bonds’

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The newly revamped Laney Garden isn't just for geology students; the college welcomes green thumbs from all over the community.

A joyous potluck took place on the Laney College campus over Labor Day weekend, but it wasn’t because the 2013-2014 school year had begun. It was in celebration of the first ever harvest of the garden started last spring on the Laney campus. Beginning a little over a year ago, Laney partnered with the local office of the International Rescue Community (IRC) on their “New Roots’” program. The project brought together Laney and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), which uses the land as a community garden where refugees and immigrants can continue their land-based traditions of food […]

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A commuter cyclist’s guide to safe travels

August 29, 2013 4:04 PM
A student cyclists onto the Laney College campus.

Last semester, on the first day of Finals Week, I was returning home from running errands on my ancient Diamondback mountain bike, broken gears and all. Traffic hit a standstill for the gas-guzzlers on 40th Street, but not for me as I rolled out of the bike lane and onto the sidewalk, weaving “gracefully” around pedestrians and ignoring stop signs entirely, “Atomic Dog” blaring through my headphones. I needed to make a left on Adeline to continue home, but to do that, I’d have to barrel through crammed and irritable Monday afternoon traffic to get into the turning lane. Lucky […]

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ASLC kicks off the semester

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During the entire week of Aug. 19, Laney College’s Welcome Week raised awareness of clubs, programs and services on campus of popular groups such as EOPS, TRIO and the Asian Student alliance. Student Body President Carl Oliver, along with other members of the ASLC, organized the Welcome Week. One highlight of the event was the presentation and assembly from Laney College president, Elñora Webb. Webb spoke about the quality of ensuring equity on campus and her commitment to the success of the student body. Everyone in attendance appeared to be charged by her vision for Laney. Similarly, Student Body President Carl Oliver is working with a team to initiate a new tutoring program […]

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Laney commemorates 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

August 26, 2013 12:30 PM

Laney students and staff banded together Aug. 28 in the Quad to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Presented by Laney’s Black Student Union, the event’s first half featured music, readings and spoken word poetry detailing the past and current status of civil rights and racial equality in the Bay Area and beyond, as well as chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King’s lasting effect on America’s perspectives on race and diversity. Classified Senate President James Blake, English Instructor Antonio Watkins, and Peralta Colleges Foundation Director Romeo Garcia presented excerpts from King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Communications Chair Dr. Angela Cherry preceded the reading of King’s speech with a call to action for the campus’s […]

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Radio station may add FM

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Campus station registering for local broadcast license Laney College’s 9th Floor Radio may be riding the FM airwaves by the end of the year, thanks to a new FCC bill that allows small-radius radio stations to apply for a broadcasting license. The bill is named the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), and it allows the FCC to license new local stations across the country. The licensees are called Low Power FM stations (LPFMs). An LPFM is a noncommercial radio station which operates at 100 watts of power or less, with a relative radio tower height limit of 30 meters or shorter. Their signal strength radius is usually three to ten miles. These licenses are not available to individuals […]

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