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March 30, 2017 12:29 PM
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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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LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

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LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

Laney student leader Andrea Calfuquier talks literature and liberation One classmate describes her as “a force of nature.” This is her third semester, and Andrea Calfuquir has already emerged as one of Laney’s prominent student leaders. Dr. Kimberly King, Professor of Psychology, is one of Calfuquir’s mentors at the Teach-in planning group. King said that as a new student at Laney she was “already involved in trying to make it a better place for students. She understands the importance of focusing on people at the bottom of society, with a passion to fight for the future and find hope for […]

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Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

March 2, 2017 2:34 PM
Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

Know Your Rights Panel and Discussion Undocumented Community Resource Center and the Sociology Club present a panel and discussion led by Bay Area lawyers and activists on rights pertaining to immigrant communities as well as their allies on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 6pm in the Berkeley City College auditorium. College of Alameda First Thursday’s Open Mic COA welcomes poets, singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, educators, fans, friends, and ultimately family to join them in their Women’s Empowerment Month open mic in the COA student center (F) pit, on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3pm. “Rodney King” by Roger Guenveur Smith The […]

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REAL TALK

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REAL TALK

Economist Richard Wolff takes on the factual and the fake at BCC lecture on Trump’s economy “Do you feel as though you’ve been ripped off?” Professor of Economics Richard D. Wolff asked that question at Berkeley City College on Feb. 22. “You have,” he confirmed, “by our very own economic system.” He followed with a sweeping condemnation of capitalism, a reality check on the Trump administration, and a plea for a collective intervention to change the current system. Wolff, a Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the New School University, is described by New York Times Magazine as […]

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Protecting Oakland’s Own

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Protecting Oakland’s Own

Protest brings together East Bay residents in support of immigrant communities Local organizations in support of immigration rights gathered in protest on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to demand that Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern rescind his policy of participating in mass deportations in cooperation with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Over 500 protesters gathered for the “Not My Sheriff! Not My President! No More Deportations! March,” which wove its way through the streets of downtown Oakland from the Federal Building to Sheriff Ahern’s Office near Lake Merritt. The peaceful protest united many local organizations that support immigrant […]

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Laney welcomes Tammeil Gilkerson

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Laney welcomes Tammeil Gilkerson

Tammeil Gilkerson is Laney College’s next new president. The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees approved her nomination on Feb. 21 after Chancellor Jowel L. Laguerre submitted her name from a pool of three finalists. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the presidential search committee for its work in finding Laney its next president,” Laguerre stated in a Feb. 16 email to the campus community announcing Gilkerson’s selection. “My appreciation goes to the faculty, staff, students and administrators who participated in the open forums and supporting the process.” A Bay Area native, Gilkerson currently serves as […]

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The next president of Laney College?

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM

Interested in who the next president of Laney College may be? Students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity, on Jan. 30, to meet the three short-listed candidates for college president, and ask whatever was on their minds. Michael Reiner, Ph.D., Tammeil Gilkerson, and Anthony Tricoli, Ed.D. attended several forums throughout the day to introduce themselves and field questions from the Laney community. Tricoli said he was passionate about programs for student veterans, but questioning revealed that he is currently involved in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit,and left his position at Georgia Perimeter College under ambiguous circumstances. Gilkerson introduced herself as […]

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Retracing Routes

February 16, 2017 3:38 PM
Retracing Routes

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson visits Merritt College to talk Black history “History is not optional. It’s life giving,” author Isabel Wilkerson said during her Black History Month keynote speech at Merritt College on Feb. 1. She then asked her audience: “How did we get to where we are?” Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” focused her keynote speech on the Great Migration and its importance today. Wilkerson became the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize while she was Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times in 1994. At the […]

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Counting the Uncounted

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Counting the Uncounted

Biennial homeless census documents West Oakland’s displaced Broken glass scrapes underfoot, glinting in the muddy lamppost light as David Hernandez walks toward a cluster of tumble-down tents huddled under a MacArthur Freeway overpass. It is the early morning of Jan. 31, and the encampment is cold and still. One man stands among the tents, quietly smoking a cigarette. “There’s someone over there,” Hernandez says, pointing. Quyen Tran lifts her clipboard and marks the man, and the encampment, on her count sheet. The pair moves on. As they walk, they scan empty lots and circle RVs, searching for tents and tarps, […]

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