Progress on pronouns

March 30, 2017 1:51 PM
Progress on pronouns

For the first time, the Associated Press has recognized ‘they’ as an acceptable singular and/or gender-neutral pronoun (see below), which demonstrates how necessary it is for language to adapt. The AP’s new style guide says that, for gender-neutral subjects, “use the person’s name in place of a pronoun, or… explain in the text that the person prefers a gender-neutral pronoun.” As conversation surrounding gender neutrality and fluidity become more common in society, it becomes clear that English is lacking in this department. English does not have a gender-neutral pronoun, and yet pronouns are essential to proper syntax. We are given […]

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Protesting at the pump

March 16, 2017 12:08 PM

Life in the United States seems predicated on the ideal of freedom and having the option to choose. So why have we disregarded the only choice at the pump? I believe we can regain our independence by not supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline by boycotting companies that aid our addiction to big oil consumption. On March 7, I was headed home toward 12th Street and Broadway. Right on the corner were about 45 anti-DAPL protesters blocking the entrance of Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo happens to be one of the most corrupt banks in the US to date. From 2011 to […]

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Letters to the editor – Don’t silence our students’ speech

12:01 PM

“The Kind of School that Stifles Students’ Free Speech?” in the March 2, 2017 issue of the Laney Tower is a serious matter. [Laney Tower faculty advisor Burt Dragin] was right to take the article down to make sure all of the facts about Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli were correct before reinstating the article’s position on the Laney Tower website. I believe Dr. Tricoli should have acknowledged his past mistakes, then written a letter to the Laney Tower suggesting that he is no longer that person, as well as explain to students, staff, and faculty who he is now. He […]

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Letters to the editor – Rethinking Black History Month

12:01 PM

I read the article “Rethinking Black History”. I am glad that I came across this article because I have been thinking this for years! We don’t know much about Black History because we have only been taught a very small portion of it. Black history did not start with slavery, and it did not end with the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, it goes back thousands of years. Even though we were robbed of our culture and history, it is up to us to expand our knowledge of our history. If we do not know our history, we do not […]

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Letters to the editor – Unity and disunity at Trump’s speech

11:59 AM

Sixty-six women wore white suits adorned with gold and purple flowers while sitting stoically through the presidential address last Tuesday. These women in white held their applause and refused to jump from their seats as Trump promised to “Make America Great Again.” Female Republicans called for unity, but sadly did not unite with female Democrats in support of women’s rights. The white these Democrats donned represented the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the 1920’s. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gave women the right to vote and catapulted equal rights for women in America. The group said they were not protesting. Rather, they […]

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The junk food of news

March 2, 2017 9:14 AM

So much news, so little time. More often than not, we are bombarded with “fake news” and what is called “junk food news” of the two neither is beneficial to news consumers. As time progresses on and events occur, we are bombarded by news about those events. At the same time, fewer local events help us better understand our community. This is confusing. We can be misled by the news in believing whatever it is they, the news producers, would like to have on the agenda. For instance, if the local news tells us another shooting happened today in our […]

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RETHINKING SYRIA?

9:13 AM
RETHINKING SYRIA?

The recent public outpouring of support for immigrants is truly heartwarming. Yet I can’t help but ask myself: why now? Where was this compassion two months ago, four months ago, one year ago, four years ago, or since the outbreak of the turmoil that now plagues North Africa and the Middle East? While millions of people sought to flee war and destruction in their home countries, the U.S. offered to take in 20,000? Turkey alone is coping with numbers of immigrants in the millions; Jordan, Lebanon, and northern Iraq, in the hundreds of thousands, at least. There wasn’t much of […]

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Letters to the Editor – Legacies of slavery and oppression

8:58 AM

I read the article “Oppression and Entertainment” in the Feb. 16 of the Laney Tower and thought it was very interesting. It is always amazing when you can turn something so ugly into something beautiful. Artist Milton Bowen was able to shed light on slavery and the oppression of African Americans through entertainment. The mental conditioning in Bowen’s “Making of a Slave” is still relevant today. African Americans have endured hundreds of years of manipulation, torture, slavery, and mistreatment. There are things that went on in slavery that have affected the African American community in a negative way. Habits and […]

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Letters to the Editor – Homelessness and humanization

8:57 AM

I appreciate the coverage on homelessness in the Laney Tower’s Feb. 16 issue’s coverage of the homelessness census, and the humanization of the people who live through homelessness. I don’t think a lot of people try to give much thought about what it would be like to be homeless, and they end up ignoring and dehumanizing homeless people completely. So thank you for this honest coverage. Nicole Lovett Journalism

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Rethinking Black history

8:55 AM

We celebrate the same heroes every Black History Month: a chosen few heroes are put on a pedestal, celebrated by both white and black America. Not to take anything away from courageous freedom fighters like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman to name a few. But it is time for Black History Month to evolve, expand and break out of the chains of the repetitive black history stories that we are taught year after year. After all, Black history did not start in America and it did not start with the enslavement of Africans. It has a […]

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Letters to the editor: Trans exclusion at Women’s March

February 16, 2017 3:33 PM

Did the Laney Tower think to consider the problems with the Women’s March on Washington? Namely, the exclusion of trans women’s rights, and the fact that women of color make less money to a man’s dollar than white women? It would have been nice for the column to not only focus on the general story of the women’s march, but to also place an emphasis on women of color and transgender women. It also would have been nice to hear about why it seems like white women’s voices dominated the overall movement. Is it still a women’s march if all […]

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