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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

March 16, 2017 11:31 AM
A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

Bay Area’s Betty Reid Soskin tells the story of a lifetime: 95 years of making history “I escaped the fate of my sister,” Betty Reid Soskin told her audience at the Rosie the Riveter Park on March 2, speaking of being hired as a file clerk at the age of 20 at a time when working as a domestic or a teacher were the only employment options for women of color. “It was like being the first person in your family to go to college at the present time,” Soskin said. She said that when she was at work she […]

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TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

11:23 AM
TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

As citizens of the internet, many of us like to believe that we understand the risks of social media. However, in a society where a business mogul can be elected president by tweeting 140 characters a few times a day, it’s safe to say that the game is changing. Jeff Heyman has been the Peralta Colleges Executive director of Public Information, Communications and Media since 1999. On February 28, Heyman spoke to Journalism 62 about social media today (pictured above). In the 1950’s, when Americans began owning televisions, there were fewer sources for news. People read the local and national […]

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Fresh and free food, courtesy of Laney’s Keith Eliot Welch

11:22 AM

Hungry crowds have lined up, signed in and gotten ready to enjoy a free meal, gratis du jour, every Monday since the current semester began. Their benefactor is Keith Eliot Welch, a culinary arts student, president of the Laney Culinary Arts Club and an ASLC senator. Welch got the idea to serve free food when he found that nothing other than cold vending machine food was available after 2 p.m. on campus. He started a “Green Monday” program, which promotes green lifestyle choices and is built on the success of the “Meatless Mondays” program. Now, every Monday and Tuesday at […]

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LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

11:21 AM
LIBROS Y LIBERTAD

Laney student leader Andrea Calfuquier talks literature and liberation One classmate describes her as “a force of nature.” This is her third semester, and Andrea Calfuquir has already emerged as one of Laney’s prominent student leaders. Dr. Kimberly King, Professor of Psychology, is one of Calfuquir’s mentors at the Teach-in planning group. King said that as a new student at Laney she was “already involved in trying to make it a better place for students. She understands the importance of focusing on people at the bottom of society, with a passion to fight for the future and find hope for […]

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Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

March 2, 2017 2:34 PM
Events Calendar Mar. 3-Mar. 15 2017

Know Your Rights Panel and Discussion Undocumented Community Resource Center and the Sociology Club present a panel and discussion led by Bay Area lawyers and activists on rights pertaining to immigrant communities as well as their allies on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 6pm in the Berkeley City College auditorium. College of Alameda First Thursday’s Open Mic COA welcomes poets, singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, educators, fans, friends, and ultimately family to join them in their Women’s Empowerment Month open mic in the COA student center (F) pit, on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3pm. “Rodney King” by Roger Guenveur Smith The […]

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WHO ARE WE?

9:38 AM

What kind of school should Laney College be? In 1953, a humble high school campus in the heart of the East Bay became the site of Oakland City College—soon to be known as Laney College. Since then, Laney’s students have diligently reported on their school and community. Their news stories document the fundamental changes we’ve gone through over the years. Examine our cover and you’ll see a collage of these stories. Put them beside the stories in this issue, and you’ll see how the decisions Laney’s students, faculty, and its administration make define our school. This country faces a pivotal […]

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The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

9:36 AM
The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

An article published in the Feb. 2 edition of the Laney Tower titled “The Next President of Laney College?” set a series of events in motion that has caused outrage among some faculty members at Laney College. The day the article was published, one of the three recent presidential candidates at Laney College, Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, sent a letter to Peralta College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre complaining that “this article…is horrible and damaging to my career and my future employment.” In response to Tricoli’s letter, Chancellor Laguerre contacted Peralta Executive Director of Public Information, Communications, and Media Jeffrey Heyman. […]

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The kind of school that keeps its students safe?

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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