Welcome Week at Laney opens with resource fair

February 3, 2017 3:11 PM

Many students entering the Student Center on Jan. 24 were surprised to find a variety of tables dotted with leaflets and clad in bright tablecloths. The booths advertised a multitude of services provided by Laney and other organizations in order to assist students in managing their personal lives outside of school. “Students spend so much energy finding work — or even something to eat,” said Lynna Wong, coordinator for the Employment Services Center. “We just want to provide the resources so they can spend their time studying instead.” Among the services tabled were several organizations offering employment assistance, such as […]

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BUILDING THE FUTURE

December 8, 2016 9:55 AM
BUILDING THE FUTURE

Award-winning Laney Carpentry Department receives $80k grant for housing initiative The Laney College Carpentry Department won an $80,000 grant from the city of Oakland to build two Tiny House prototypes, with an eye to future mass production. Tiny Houses aim to solve homelessness through miniature housing. Matt Wolpe will head this project, along with Marisha Farnsworth. Wolpe is the part-time carpentry instructor who led a team of Laney students last year as it built an award-winning Tiny House called the Wedge. While the Wedge required four semesters to build, Wolpe and Farnsworth plan to build these prototypes in two semesters. […]

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Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

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Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

Homelessness, poverty, income inequality, hunger and gentrification are not new problems for Oaklanders, or to students at Laney College. Thus, for many years the school has spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Open Door Mission, located on Seventh Street near the college. In the current economic conditions, donations are severely needed. The Open Door Mission is a faith-based Gospel Rescue Mission. It provides meals for anyone who needs assistance. It does not provide places to sleep. The mission does have a sober living environment that provides a small number of beds, but it is by invitation only and not […]

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IN MOURNING

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IN MOURNING

Community gathers to honor 36 lost in Oakland fire About 1,500 Oaklanders gathered at the Lake Merritt pergola on Monday evening, Dec. 5, carrying electric candles, LED poi, and glowsticks. The event organizer, Anthony Bonnett, asked that no open flames be present. Friends and families who shared their memories were met with cheers of love and the raising of hundreds of little glowing lights. Natalie Jahanbani spoke through tears about her partner, who was confirmed dead that day. “I will tell her story, her name was Em, and I loved her so much, and I will never stop telling her […]

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In memoriam: Six Laney students victims of Ghost Ship fire

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In memoriam: Six Laney students victims of Ghost Ship fire

Nicole “Denalda” Renae Siegrist: laney college student “The choir is reeling over the loss,” said Laney Choir Director John Reager. “She had real spirit. She was looking forward to singing the Faure Requiem. Now we are singing it for her.” The Laney Choir will sing the Faure Requiem on Dec. 9 at 7PM at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2169 Broadway. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $20 general admission. Sarah Hoda: former laney college student “Sarah distinguished herself by her incredibly kind and giving personality,” Laney College Welding Instructor Liisa Pine Schoonmaker wrote. “She was a teacher; she […]

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GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

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GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

Elbo Room show proceeds benefit fire victims as artists around Bay rally in solidarity “Pass it around like church,” announced Natalie Ribbons of touring act Tele Novella announced as she held up a box marked “Donations!” The band is on tour from Austin, Tx., and was so moved by the tragedy on Dec. 2 that they decided to take donations into their own hands. The attic of the Elbo Room was lively but somber on Dec. 6, as the Bay Area struggled to cope with intense loss to the arts community through entertainment. Sugarcandy Mountain and Babewatch also performed in […]

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DANCE OF VICTORY

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DANCE OF VICTORY

Annual Laney College Pow Wow coincides with hard-fought win for Native activists The American Indian Child Resource Center hosted the 17th annual Pow Wow in the Laney College gymnasium on Dec. 3-4, honoring American Indian social workers for protecting family integrity. The event featured contest dancing, Native food, a holiday Santa Claus giveaway, and authentic American Indian arts and crafts. There were also Saturday evening performances by Tanaya Winder and Frank Waln. A Pow Wow in an event where Native Americans come together to sing, dance, honor their cultures and socialize. Spectators were treated to many new cultural experiences. Drumming […]

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Moving It Forward

November 29, 2016 9:03 AM
Moving It Forward

Latest Laney College teach-in empowers students to fight for progress at home and at school The latest event in the Laney College’s Teach-In Series took place in the Student Center on Nov. 16. Students, professors, and other community members gathered to eat pizza and discuss the presidential election and local election results—as well as campus improvement suggestions. “We’re gonna make this place work like it ought to.” – Peter Brown, Laney Instructor Ethel Long-Scott from the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and Laney students Marquise Johnson, Brandon Robinson, Arnelle Berry, Alisha Alston, and Jevari Morgan made up one of many […]

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A glimmer of hope for part-time faculty

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A glimmer of hope for part-time faculty

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law Sept. 30 that will bring a measure of job security to part-time faculty at California’s community colleges. The bills are AB 1690, carried by former part-time instructor Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and SB 1379, carried by former teacher Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). Under California law such part-time college faculty are counted as temporary employees and could be hired or fired at will. The new law establishes minimum standards for reemployment preference, based on four criteria: —Length of time taught at the college or district —Number of courses taught there —Professional evaluations —“Availability, willingness, and […]

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Defining American

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Defining American

Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist visits BCC to talk the morality of citizenship Jose Antonio Vargas spoke to a rapt audience at Berkeley City College on Nov. 15 and challenged them to view citizenship in a whole new way. Vargas first learned of his undocumented status when he tried to apply for a driver’s license as a high school student in Mountain View. Since then he has devoted himself to questioning American immigration law. He frequently appears on the Bill O’Reilly show and other right-wing talk shows to argue his rights as a gay undocumented person of color. On the steps […]

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Merritt Tobacco-less Club receives $20k national grant [UPDATED]

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Merritt Tobacco-less Club receives $20k national grant [UPDATED]

Merritt College achieved another victory in the war on smoking, winning a $20,000 grant from the American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a program to end smoking on college and university campuses. The 20 schools chosen for the new $3.6 million multi-year program were announced on Nov. 14. Participants will receive technical assistance and resources to help them in their education, communication, prevention and advocacy efforts towards stopping smoking. Marlene Hurd, president of the Tobacco-less Club at Merritt, has led the effort against smoking since starting the club in 2014. She will be […]

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WHAT NEXT?

November 10, 2016 11:52 AM
WHAT NEXT?

As Oakland joins cities across the country in protest, the nation asks itself: What Next? For over 24 hours, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, the Bay Area burned with rage over the election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States. As Hillary Clinton’s defeat became clear late on Nov. 8, hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents marched down Telegraph Avenue, filling the streets with chants of “Not my president” and “Fuck Donald Trump.” But only moments after the group marched onto the Highway 24 on-ramp, a sickening sound signaled the first serious […]

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Glitch in the System

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Glitch in the System

District’s million-dollar expenditures on IT firm contracts raise more questions than answers Peralta students and faculty have struggled for years with creaky and decidedly user-unfriendly information technology. Basic tasks such as enrolling in courses or obtaining class rosters are challenging even for the computer savvy. Last November, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre hired Robert Ferrilli, a New Jersey-based IT consultant, to conduct an assessment of district IT. So far, Ferrilli has been paid $929,000. Now in Nov. 2016, the same problems remain with the district’s IT. In July, Laguerre contracted with Roger Clague to review the Ferrilli Group’s work and provide for […]

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¡VIVEN!

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¡VIVEN!

Lively celebration marks Día de Los Muertos The sounds of drums, conches and other instruments reverberated through the Laney Tower as the June Steingart Gallery hosted a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Nov. 2. Día de los Muertos honors loved ones who have died. Students, faculty, and community members gathered in the gallery to marvel at the altars and decorations that celebrate the dead. The exhibit will run until Nov. 15. Día de los Muertes was originally an Aztec holiday. Now it has become a national holiday in Mexico. It is also celebrated in many […]

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COMMUNITY, COLLEGE

October 27, 2016 8:33 AM
COMMUNITY, COLLEGE

Laney College teach-in tackles local issues to strengthen student-community bonds Volunteers from Laney College faculty, student body, and community hosted their second teach-in of the year in The Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to discuss local issues on the Nov. 8 ballot. The event was titled “The Audacity of Profit is a Threat to Democracy.” It covered the following ballot initiatives: Measure JJ – Renters Protection Measure LL – Police Oversight Proposition 55 – Public Funding of Public Education Before the teach-in began, the Laney Quad was speckled with bright T-shirts on the backs of young representatives from groups like […]

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