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The kind of school that keeps its students safe?

March 2, 2017 9:32 AM
The kind of school that keeps its students safe?

“This is the beginning of a greater student unity,” Laney student Andrea Calfuquir said of the student meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 16. She referred to the growing number of students who came to the meeting of the Laney Community Engagement Leadership (CEL) Cohort. CEL cohort interns meet weekly with their faculty mentors, Alicia Caballero-Christenson and Paul Bulick, to create a more united and active student body and to appeal for increased student participation and community action. The focus of last Thursday’s meeting was to build a student coalition movement to support undocumented and Muslim students by establishing Peralta colleges […]

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The kind of school that listens to its faculty?

9:25 AM
The kind of school that listens to its faculty?

At Feb. 22’s town hall meeting in the Laney College Forum, Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre recounted his visit to the campus on a rainy day, and the structural leaks he witnessed. “It became abundantly clear to me that we need a whole lot more than what we have in order to address the needs that we have at Laney College, specifically around those leaks,” he said. “I contacted our lobbyist [Patrick McCallum] in Sacramento and I shared with him that, what I witnessed.” Laguerre said that the district faced “an emergency at Laney, and that […]

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The junk food of news

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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REAL TALK

8:42 AM
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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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

8:13 AM
BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

The release of Milvia Street, Berkeley City College’s annual art and literary journal, took place on the evening of Feb. 10 in the Berkeley City College Auditorium. Authors portrayed their work on stage in front of images from the magazine that flashed behind them and Fungai Gora infused the event with enthusiasm as the emcee. The presentation closed with a memorial reading for Paul Elias Taylor that included one of Paul’s poems from the 2016 journal, “Across the Fruited Plain.” Faculty Leader Sharon Coleman and the Milvia Street Club expect readers to appreciate the variety and high quality of the […]

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Laney welcomes Tammeil Gilkerson

8:08 AM
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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Brown voted BVC MVP, first team all-state

8:04 AM
Brown voted BVC MVP, first team all-state

Laney College sophomore guard Courtney Brown (pictured) was selected as the Bay Valley Conference MVP and to the first team of the California Community College all-state squad. Brown led the Eagles to a 17-11 overall record and a second-place finish in the BVC (11-3). Brown had an 18.0 scoring average for the season and scored 19 points in a 73-53 NorCal playoff loss at City College of San Francisco on Feb. 24.

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

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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Letters to the editor: ‘Alternative facts’ are our fault, too

3:32 PM

I am writing to you regarding the article “Electors must Dump Trump,” which I found particularly compelling for its effort to open a debate on the meaning of “fact” in today’s media. However, I believe that the conversation can be pushed further. As the piece cleverly highlighted: “If alternative facts are not questioned, they become facts”. It’s fair to say that in an era overwhelmed by social media, sensationalized and scandal-ridden headlines have all but risen above the conventional newspaper article. Proving to be extremely marketable, fake news dominates a portion of the media. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to blame the […]

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Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

3:31 PM
Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

Donald Trump becoming president has been one of the worst things to happen to America that I can remember. Although this is a time of struggle, I see the silver lining. Many people have come together because of it. An example of this was the women’s march, which your newspaper touched on, that took place all across America. The unity was mesmerizing. In a time as tumultuous as this, we need to remember that there is still good in the world, and we are still all in this together. I think that we all need to look into what can […]

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