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Stressed out? Just Relax

May 5, 2017 12:22 PM
Stressed out? Just Relax

Laney mental health counselor shares methods for stress-relief By Sarah Carpenter Managing Editor Lisa Sawadogo, a mental health counselor here at Laney, passed a student a half-filled water bottle. She asked the students how heavy it was. Not very, they guessed—maybe 16 oz. Sawadogo asked the student, ASLC Publicity Officer Laura Bloom, if she thought she could hold the water bottle for five minutes. Bloom said yes, but that her arm may drop after a couple minutes. “What if I asked you to hold on to it for a few days?” Sawadogo said. The point of this illustration, she said, […]

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Laney EcoFest features music, dancing to celebrate Earth Day

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Laney EcoFest features music, dancing to celebrate Earth Day

By KR Nava Design Editor Bright beams of warm sunlight danced across the Laney College campus alongside a diverse mix of musical performers and concerned citizens, all gathered to celebrate the 11th Annual EcoFest Sustainability Festival. Throughout April 20—already a “green” day of celebration across the country—bold music swept across Laney, a symphony conducted by the college community and the city of Oakland alike. Ecologically minded local purveyors set up booths that boasted sustainable coffee, information on bee-keeping, and even electric cars. To fuel the EcoFest’s guests, the Laney Culinary Arts Program kept food flowing, preparing and serving it all. […]

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Culinary star and student president: Keith Welch to lead Laney

May 4, 2017 2:50 PM
Culinary star and student president: Keith Welch to lead Laney

By Hoku Gearheard-Gendre Tower Staff Writer Associated Students of Laney College President-Elect Keith Welch plans to put the “community” back in community college. Welch can still smell the fried chicken his mother used to make, back home in Monroe, La. He says it could wake him from sleep. He was called a “mama’s boy” because he spent so much time in the kitchen helping her. His reward: getting to lick the bowl. Today, you can still find Welch in the kitchen, now with his fellow culinary students. As newly elected ASLC president, he is determined to give back to all […]

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Laney job services underused

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Laney job services underused

By Sarah Carpenter Managing Editor Laney College has 10,084 current students. Eagle Hire, Laney’s online job search database, has 474 student accounts. While some community college students are lifelong learners and aren’t searching for a job, it seems unlikely that fewer than 5 percent of Laney students need jobs. Raya Zion is the Laney Employment Services Center (LESC) manager. She is brimming with support for students who need jobs, and yet she’s finding that the information is just not getting to the students who need it. So, the LESC is reaching out. They’re holding more job fairs than ever before, […]

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Laney student government elected by only 111 students

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Laney student government elected by only 111 students

News Analysis By Lauri Bloom Tower Staff Writer For some Laney College/ Peralta CCD students interested in running for office this year, the 2017 Peralta student government elections process seemed to happen so fast, that before students could start the long process of running, it was over. They would “have submitted all the necessary paperwork (application, resume & petition) AND passed the necessary grade check to begin moving through the process as a candidate for the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) and/or PCCD Student Trustee,” read the email which announced candidacy from Director Gary Albury. District-wide, fewer than 700 […]

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Teenagers: so misunderstood

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Teenagers: so misunderstood

Teenagers make bad decisions. They smoke, drink, are promiscuous. They cut class to hang out with their friends. It’s a phenomenon that’s been around since the days of Romeo and Juliet, but today science knows far more than it did in Shakespeare’s time. Striking changes taking place within the prefrontal cortex of the adolescent brain lead to dramatic changes in behavior, interests, and the actual quantity of grey matter. Decisions and actions teens take can have lasting effects on their brains, both positive and negative. Perhaps there are better ways to guide young people through these tumultuous times. When a […]

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Privacy Protector

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Privacy Protector

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer We’re going down the rabbit hole again for another round of privacy-protecting pointers. Google’s search tool tracks your browsing history, preferences, and everything you click on while using Google sites and stores it in association with your IP address. That information is sold to third party advertisers who use it to create user-specific advertisements. Google creates “filter bubbles” by presenting search results that its automated system thinks you would prefer, which may differ from what you’re actually looking for. Google is already known for privacy violations, such as the 2013 case in which Google […]

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Laney Day

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Laney Day

Laney Day The Inter-Club Council organized the first-ever Laney Day–an event for students to celebrate their school. Volunteers from clubs on campus helped run the event, passing out custom Laney Day t-shirts, cooking food, or tabling for their club.     “It was successful because it did exactly what we wanted it to do,” ICC Vice President Rowena Brown said. When she looked around, she saw smiles, dancing and student camaraderie filling the quad.   — All photos by Saskia Hatvany

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Science Not Silence

April 26, 2017 1:25 PM
Science Not Silence

San Francisco protests Trump science policies By Adrienne Miller Tower Staff Writer On Earth Day, April 22, tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown San Francisco to advocate for scientific research and advancement. Opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed cutbacks on federal agencies promoting science, the protesters also rallied in support of their comrades and allies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. The proclaimed goals of the March for Science were communication, funding, policy, literacy, and diversity. According to the organizers, the Science March was aimed at celebrating “public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to […]

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EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

April 21, 2017 12:44 PM
EcoFest 2017 – SambaFunk!

Sambafunk! Funkquarians perform at the EcoFest Sustainability Festival on April 20 at Laney College Watch here:  

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Laney College Women’s Track

April 20, 2017 12:28 PM
Laney College Women’s Track

In for the long run

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Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

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Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

Journalism Association of Community Colleges gives Tower 11 awards for writing, design By Bonnie Oviatt Editor-in-Chief The Laney Tower earned 11 awards at the 2017 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Conference held in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Inn from March 29 through April 2. The awards were for a wide variety of work done over the past 12 months and for on-the-spot competitions held at the conference. Sarah Carpenter, Alice Feller, KR Nava, Bonnie Oviatt and faculty advisor Scott Strain attended the conference, which drew hundreds of journalism students from across the state. Participants were urged to network […]

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Laney Job Fair links employers with students

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Laney Job Fair links employers with students

By Sarah Carpenter Assignments Editor Although there are many opportunities that the Laney Employment Services Center (LESC) offers for students, Employment Program Mgr. Raya Zion expressed concern that these services aren’t reaching students enough. At one of many job fairs hosted at Laney College, the Student Center was filled with representatives from various companies with job or career opportunities on April 17. Zion said that she is working on setting up an Instagram account for the LESC in order to increase student awareness. “We have a lot of employer support,” she said, but getting the information to students is the […]

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Revealing the truth

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Revealing the truth

Center for Investigative Reporting’s Michael Montgomery visits media class By Saskia Hatvany Tower Staff Writer The main challenge faced by investigative reporter Michael Montgomery is: How do we tell a story of critical importance to society? Montgomery is a journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), a media organization founded in 1977 in Oakland. He spoke to the Survey of Mass Media class on March 28. CIR’s alternative and nonpartisan approach to storytelling sets it apart from other media organizations. The donation-based organization typically aims to tell stories that will engage the public on an emotional level while encouraging […]

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Laney’s Meghan Moriarty cooks up recipe for a healthy community

11:58 AM
Laney’s Meghan Moriarty cooks up recipe for a healthy community

By Alison Stapp Tower Staff Writer Many students are unaware that when they enroll for classes, they pay requisite health fees each semester. A table set up in the Student Center is there to remind students what they were paying for. Health ambassadors occupy tables and inform students about pervasive health issues and they are eager to impart valuable information—access to community mental and physical health care providers, and support regarding sexual abuse and suicide prevention. Their services are available Monday through Thursday during the lunch hour. On-campus care includes free mental health, massage, and acupuncture appointments. Thanks to the […]

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