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May 19, 2016 1:26 PM

The solution, not the problem Laney College is experiencing a budget crisis. The Governor’s latest budget proposal projects $5 million less revenue for the district, which will significantly impact our ability to provide services to our students. The state and district place the primary blame for this budget crisis on decreasing student enrollment. This is partially true, given that the state’s current funding apportionment ratio funds the college according to the number of Full-time equivalent students (FETS), but the state’s funding model shares some blame, too. By mandating that Laney’s standard class size be 35 students, in contrast to the […]

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Letters to the Editor – Overwhelmed by overcrowding

1:25 PM

When I walked into my English class for the first time this semester, I was immediately taken aback by how crowded the room was. I sat down in my seat, only to find it sinking beneath me. This is a common experience on the Laney campus, many desks have broken hydraulics that deflate on impact. I switched chairs. I placed my pen down next to my books and watched as it slowly rolled off the crooked desk. Students placed on the wait list had shown up hoping to attend the class as they waited for others to drop. These students […]

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Letters to the editor – Laney should not be up for sale

1:23 PM

This is a topic that should not even be up for discussion. There are a countless number of individuals who depend on Laney to further their academic endeavors. Community Colleges were made for students who couldn’t initially afford to attend a 4 year college. Students would attend a CC to receive an Associate’s Degree then transfer to a 4 year college for a Bachelor’s Degree. Laney has been standing solid since 1953 and is the eldest of the Peralta Community Colleges. It’s in a beneficial location for most of its students to get to since it’s right by Bart and […]

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Letters to the Editor – Tower gave reader the run-around

1:22 PM

The story “Ripped off” (May 5) begins with an engaging aesthetic framing the issue on hand, yet the way the story is broken up and positioned all over the Tower is a bit of a nuisance, especially given that the last section is located on another page from the dictated source (page 12 instead of page 10). However if the Tower was playing a pun with the headlines, that was truly a job well done. Vinson Ma English Letters to the Editor – The Tower accepts letters to the editor. Letters should be 150 words or fewer. Email letters to […]

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You’re already a journalist

1:21 PM

There’s a tradition at the Laney Tower: on their way out, editors-in-chief write farewell op-eds in which they offer advice or words of wisdom to their readers. I’m deviating from this tradition only a little: I’m not writing to the readers of the Laney Tower. I’m writing to its future writers—which is to say, I’m writing to you. You may not know this, but as far as I’m concerned, you’re already a journalist. You know your subject—your city, your school, your life—as intimately as any great journalist knows the subject of their Pulitzer Prize-winning article. You’ve come up with thousands […]

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A tiny pill with big promise

12:56 PM

There may not yet be a cure for HIV, but we may have the next best thing: a little blue pill which, if taken once daily, reduces your chances of contracting HIV by nearly 100 percent. That’s right: Truvada, also known as PrEP (or, Pre-Exposure Prophylactic), is the preventative pill the world should be embracing as one step towards eradicating HIV as we know it. Unfortunately, one of its side effects is controversy. Firstly, the pill is expensive without health insurance—up to $1,300 for a 30-day supply—meaning many of those most at risk for HIV infection can’t afford it. Luckily, […]

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California under allies

May 5, 2016 4:37 PM

The working poor of California, like millions of others around the country, are in need of a long overdue raise, but increasingly the minimum wage may ultimately be a bandaid on the open wounds of the emerging 21st century economy. The California “Fair Wage Act of 2016” $15 Minimum Wage Initiative would increase the minimum wage for the State of California to $15 by the year 2021, raising the minimum wage by a dollar each year respectively. Despite its potential shortcomings, the bill seems necessary to help low-income earners whose wages have remained stagnant for years in an economy that […]

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Is Laney College up for sale?

4:34 PM
Is Laney College up for sale?

Are we being prepped for the sale of Laney? I will blatantly speculate about this on unproven possibilities, but I will do so based on known facts about policies and proposals regarding Laney College. Funding Failures First of all, Laney College sits on some of the most valuable land in Oakland. Laney is also surrounded 360 degrees by high-powered, high-financed development for the profit of powerful corporate developers and banking interests. For example, Kaiser Auditorium (public property for 100 years since its construction) has been sold to a private developer who will drastically change its purpose. Additionally, all of the […]

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Letters to the editor – Cafeteria still running cold

4:29 PM

All semester, in the Laney Campus cafeteria, patrons have experienced reduction of service more than half of the time at the regular lunch stations. As we near the end of the 2016 spring semester add a reduction in hours the cafeteria will be open. Food service sales are reduced, the usual funding that would subsidize food service cost and budget cuts have reduced service as well. Will the effects of less food production and also less sales contributed to the reduction in Fall 2016 cafeteria hours? What other surprises can we expect for the rest of the Spring semester. Does […]

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Letters to the editor – True cost of playoff ball

4:27 PM

“The Durant Dilemma” by Brandon Romo (March 17) drew my attention. I wish he included the cost of Durant in his article. Yes the Warriors can sign Durant to the max but what is going to happen when Curry becomes a free agent and Klay’s current contract runs out. Are they going to be able to have four guys (Draymond Green is currently under a max) with max money? Mohyman Awwada Journalism Letters to the Editor The Tower accepts letters to the editor. Letters should be 150 words or fewer. Email letters to laneytower(at)peralta.edu. We edit for space and clarity.

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College: friend or foe?

4:25 PM

Community college is beneficial in many ways, but once you’re working on your lower division units, you start to analyze the lack of resources and support we should get from our administration. Community College should be recognized as a smart decision, not a mistake, and administrators should offer unlimited amount of resources and guidance for their students. We need to fight for that. We deserve the same opportunities as those who are attending a four year university. Why is community college such a good idea? According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 […]

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Laney college doesn’t work for us

April 21, 2016 11:43 AM
Laney college doesn’t work for us

As students of Laney College, we find it difficult to understand why it’s so complicated to make repairs when it’s clear what needs to be repaired. Our bathrooms are consistently a mess with offensive graffiti that has yet to be washed off. There is trash littering every corner; issues such as poor campus lighting and out-of-order emergency phones bring up a huge safety concern. According to the district’s facilities maintenance and operations website, the college considers emergencies to be fire, hazards to life, health, property, building leaks, and gas odors. But what about the overall well-being of our students? What […]

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Letters to the Editor – Homelessness is a real issue

11:40 AM

Editor—I read “A new home in writing” (Tower/April 7) not quite knowing what to expect. For various reasons, writing is an interesting subject to me, so I began reading. The title is a bit misleading, as the real story here is the writer’s experience with homelessness. The first line of the smaller headline (“Memories of teenage homelessness”) may have been more fitting. Nonetheless, I understood the intention and I also understand it might be a bit absurd for me so spend this much time focusing on the title. This story intrigued me because I recently returned to school after a […]

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Letters to the Editor – Laney lacking peer support

11:39 AM

Editor—I am a single father who is currently having some financial hardships while dealing with specific medical rehabilitation needs off campus. In Alameda County support programs for local native people with developmental disabilities is like finding a needle in a haystack. Who has the professional credentials to assist me with appropriate student assistance service on this campus? Laney College operates like a low budget Jr. High School—many of the on-campus student resources services are confusing to some adults with past college experiences. I need a student assistant to help with school-related things as a reasonable accommodation in place. It would also be helpful to have access […]

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Hope for the postseason

11:37 AM

The Golden State Warriors are famous for filling road-game venues with huge numbers of their fans. But as Warriors fans settle into their seats in Houston’s Toyota Center for game three tonight (April 21), they may or may not have a chance to scream for hero-icon-superlative guard Steph Curry. Although their team carries a 2-0 advantage in the first-round series, it’s a fragile ankle that carries their hopes. Even after the Warriors gave the Rockets a 104-78 drubbing to open the series and followed that with a 115-106 victory (both at Oracle Arena) without Curry in game 2, Warriors fans may be […]

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