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

November 29, 2016 8:32 AM
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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Senator’s speech inspires athletes

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Senator’s speech inspires athletes

N.J. Senator Corey Booker visits Laney College Field House to talk confidence, success New Jersey Senator Corey Booker (D) was the featured guest at a gathering of the Laney football team dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20. The team, now ranked fourth in the state, has a tradition of having a meal together following their last practice prior to away games. The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Booker is a rising star in the Democratic Party. He gave the keynote address at this year’s Democratic National Convention, speaking right before First Lady Michelle Obama. Booker was even considered for the […]

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Tiny Wins BIG

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Tiny Wins BIG

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the winners of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) “Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big” contest were announced on the campus of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Laney College’s entry, “The Wedge,” took first place in the Architecture category. Laney students also won in four other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video. The team also brought home $4000 in prize money from the contest. It was Laney’s first try at the Tiny House competition. Matt Wolpe, a part-time instructor in the Carpentry Department, led the team through five semesters […]

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Laney Tower wins top marks at regionals

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Laney Tower wins top marks at regionals

Journalism Association of Community Colleges awards the Tower 13 awards in total At the 2016 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) NorCal Regional Conference, the Laney Tower was awarded the JACC’s highest award: General Excellence. The Tower also received an additional 12 awards across a variety of categories for its investigative reporting, graphic design, and news photography. The JACC presented the awards to representatives of the Tower on Oct. 15 at its NorCal Regional Conference, which brought together colleges from the Northern California area to Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. The awards were based on work done by these […]

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The Black Cowboys of Oakland

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The Black Cowboys of Oakland

The city of Oakland was host to a fun, unforgettable, community-driven gathering at the 42nd Annual Black Cowboy Parade and Festival on Oct. 1. Members of the Oakland Black Cowboy Association (OBCA) joined Bay Area residents and visitors at DeFremery Park in West Oakland, many wearing Western attire, cowboy hats, and pointy toe cowboy boots. The OBCA has been enlightening the community about the contributions of people of color in the Old West for over 40 years. Annually, this culminates in the parade and festival, which pays homage to and celebrates the long history of African American cowboys. The festival […]

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We Have Your Money Now What?

October 13, 2016 8:15 PM
We Have Your Money Now What?

Peralta district administration balloons under Chancellor Jowel Laguerre The headline above refers to a 2015 grand jury report produced by Solano County after their investigation of a Measure Q bond issue. The report investigated a campaign that promoted the bond measure and was run by Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, who was then Solano College’s president. The report determined that his campaign had violated state law by failing to identify needed projects and cost estimates before asking the voters for money. The report’s title was an ironic reference to a PowerPoint presentation produced by the campaign after the […]

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Legality of district contracts in question

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The East Bay Times ran two articles, one on Oct. 9 and another on Oct. 10, about Peralta Community College District officials breaking contract-bidding and conflict of interest laws. The district paid Robert Ferrilli $80,000 dollars last October to evaluate the district’s IT system. After Ferrilli shaped the plan for what was to be done to fix the problems with the IT system, he was hired to run the department and make the repairs. Ferrilli’s Pennsylvania-based firm was paid an additional $825,000, much of which went to travel expenses according to the articles. State law prohibits consultants from getting public […]

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Searching for solace: stories of refugee students

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Searching for solace: stories of refugee students

ASONTA For Asonta Abifo, a student at Laney, America is her home now, but half of her is not here. The other half is still back home, in South Sudan, amidst another civil war. Tears form in Asonta Abifo’s dark eyes but never fall. She smiles occasionally and light laughter follows. At other times she only sighs. She arrived in Oakland in April 2000 by way of Egypt. She came with her two young daughters, and her husband. Three weeks prior to their departure, her 7-year old son died from sickle cell anemia. Her husband had recently been released from […]

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Keeping the beat going

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Keeping the beat going

Oaktown Jazz Workshop’s Ravi Abcarian inspires a new generation of musicians Oaktown Jazz Workshop’s founder, Khalil Shaheed, was only 13 years old when he painted a moustache on his face and slinked into Chicago’s jazz clubs to see America’s greatest jazz musicians. It was the 1950’s in Chicago, and the iconic Blue Note jazz club was hosting musicians like Louis Armstrong and “King” Oliver. Soon Shaheed would interrupt his classical music education to tour with the Woody Shaw and the Buddy Miles bands. After he tired of touring and was ready to settle down, Oakland—which had a thriving African American […]

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Events Calendar

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Events Calendar

College of Alameda hosts Fall Wellness Fair on Oct. 13 Free food and information from health and wellness organizations in the quad from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Laney College’s Black Student Union holds info session Faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the club encouraged to go to Room 403 in Laney College’s Student Center on Oct. 13 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM Chancellor Jowel Laguerre holds special town hall Event to cover “Putting the Community in Community College” at Defremery park on 1651 Adeline St. in Oakland on Oct. 13 at 6 PM SF Mime Troupe […]

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SHOW US THE MONEY

September 29, 2016 9:51 AM
SHOW US THE MONEY

Faculty protests after Peralta District claims poverty despite spending millions on administrative hires Several members of the Peralta Federation of Teachers donned orange T-shirts Sept. 27 and marched from PFT headquarters across 8th Street to the Peralta Board of Trustees meeting where faculty members protested the trustees’ approval of new administrative positions at a time of alleged austerity. Rick Greenspan, from the College of Alameda, was the first to speak. “I want to talk about something I know is near and dear to the heart of all trustees,” he began. “Fiduciary responsibility. Making sure you are careful with how you […]

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