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Festival Briefs

April 20, 2017 11:48 AM
Festival Briefs

Women in Music Festival – April 6-9 By David Hiltbrand Tower Staff Writer The Women In Music Festival took place in Oakland April 6-9, hosted at various locations around West Oakland and Downtown. The festival was founded by Carmena Woodward, aka Red Corvette, and Evangeline Elder as a response to music and parties being a consistently male-dominated industry, and to give womxn an avenue for creative self expression in a venue of like-minded people. In addition to three fantastic parties, the festival also boasted a robust lineup of panels, film screenings, yoga and meet and greets. The inaugural event, the […]

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Making music for a cause

11:36 AM
Making music for a cause

By Alexandra Evans Tower Staff Writer Local delta punk and blues band Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds commenced their “Stranger Places” tour at the beginning of April to benefit those affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Their tour kickoff show was in Los Angeles at The Redwood Bar on April 8. Bateman, the lead singer and former Laney College student and Tower staffer, noted that while he didn’t know any of the fire victims personally, other members of his band and his girlfriend (Ashli) did. “I remember Ara Jo and Cash Askew being at some shows that my […]

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Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

11:30 AM
Dark & Harsh (But Hopeful)

By Shane Frink Tower Staff Writer Esses is gaining fans and making a name for itself in the local Oakland music scene. (The band’s moniker is pronounced the same way that the letter S is pronounced in its plural form.) Their first record came out in November 2016 and is called “No Light in This Fire.” Oakland record store Econojams put the album into their Best Records of the Year bin. Another Oakland record store,1-2-3-4 Go, reports that the record is played daily by the employees. The nine songs on this Esses release have a unique sound. The mood of […]

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Privacy Protector

10:50 AM
Privacy Protector

Privacy Tip: Use A Virtual Private Network By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between another network and your device via the internet. This encrypted connection is used to forward all of your network traffic through the VPN, adding a layer of privacy to your device. A VPN does NOT make you anonymous. Think of it as curtains for your windows.You may mask your activities within the house with the curtains, but your address is still visible to the outside world. Do not use VPNs that keep traffic logs or are based […]

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Leave the left behind

10:28 AM
Leave the left behind

The left in the United States is in crisis. But it’s important to understand that the left is crisis. —— What I mean is that it is not only true that the left is dealing with some dire emergencies—the victory of Donald Trump being the most alarming—but we must also face the reality that the left has been defined by emergencies for far too long. We know that capitalism causes constant crisis: rampant exploitation, war and imperialism, and the horrors of climate change. But when the left fights an anticapitalist fight, it just ends up fighting on capitalism’s terrain, using […]

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Unhealthy healthcare

10:17 AM
Unhealthy healthcare

California’s single payer senate bill (SB-562) is long overdue. —— The deficiencies in our healthcare system are glaring. Americans pay more for medical care than any country in the world.  Yet on standard measures of health—life expectancy and infant mortality—we fare worse than our peers. The U.S. is the only country among wealthy developed nations that does not have a government-funded universal, healthcare system.  Of 13 western nations studied by the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. is the only one lacking some form of single-payer system. We’re told in the free market that “competition” will keep prices low. But the U.S. […]

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‘Hands off.’

10:10 AM
‘Hands off.’

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer The Oakland A’s are scouting a location for their new stadium, and Laney College may be the perfect spot—but perfect for whom? In a phone interview with The Laney Tower, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval listed four possible new stadium locations, including Howard Terminal, a new ballpark at the A’s current site, and two sites in the Lake Merritt area. “We’re trying to determine, amongst those four locations, what would make the most sense, what’s feasible for traffic, transportation, and financing,” Kaval said. The Lake Merritt locations are “close” to Laney College and the […]

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Fight for your digital rights

March 30, 2017 2:01 PM
Fight for your digital rights

We have entered an age where privacy is no longer a right—if you want to keep it, you’re going to have to fight for it. Congress just let your internet provider run wild with your browsing history. Once again, we’re reminded how easily internet privacy can be compromised. FBI Director James Comey has said, point blank, that there is “no such thing as absolute privacy in America.” But it’s not time to give up. We have an ever-growing arsenal of privacy-protecting tools at our disposal, so no more lousy excuses about not taking action. Phrases like “there’s nothing I can […]

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POTHOLE PROBLEMS

1:59 PM
POTHOLE PROBLEMS

Merritt parking lot plagued by potholes, trash, graffiti Unlike Merritt College’s other parking lots, there are no signs indicating where the B parking lot is. Despite the lot’s beautiful view of the entire Bay Area, half of it is literally dirt road covered with potholes filled with water. At the far end of the parking lot is a broken metal barrier surrounded by trash leading to what looks like it was supposed to be an access to another part of the parking lot. Continuing through the barrier are two dirt roads, one of which is completely flooded with water. Driving […]

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Letter to the editor – Tower Watch draws response from district official

1:52 PM

I am writing to let you and your editorial staff know that the District and College Administration are working very hard to fix and maintain the utilities infrastructures at Laney on a daily basis. I have assigned the Assistant Chief Engineer at Laney College (Jason Busby) to fix the restroom that was featured in your Tower Watch, and also paint over the bathroom that has graffiti also in building E. The bathroom sink that was featured was fixed March 20 (according to Jason), while the pull stations throughout Laney are being fixed and tested and should be complete by March […]

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‘DEPLORABLE’

1:49 PM
‘DEPLORABLE’

Neglected Oakland building burns down, killing four and displacing dozens The charred skeleton of an apartment building stands smoldering and empty as emergency crews look on, waiting idly in the mist of a fire hose. This is the aftermath of the deadly March 27 inferno that gutted the building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. in West Oakland and took the lives of four people. “One lady got trapped in the building and called [out] while she was in flames,” said Anthony, a Laney student who described the fire. An employee for The Workforce Collaborative, Anthony, who wished to withhold his […]

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Read

1:34 PM
Read

Laney gets literary in library photo shoot for National Reading Month The Laney College Library and Laney Photo Department worked in collaboration to create a photo portrait series of students and staff with their favorite books in honor of National Reading Month. The goal of the event was to celebrate reading and how much one book can inspire and influence a person throughout their life. A temporary photo set was constructed by Laney students from the professional photo classes at the Laney Library on March 22 and 24. Students and staff brought their favorite books and received professional-quality portraits. The […]

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A NEW CHAPTER

12:50 PM
A NEW CHAPTER

Tammeil Gilkerson optimistic about becoming next president of Laney College In her application essay for college,Tammeil Gilkerson described herself as a book that is often judged by its cover. “Today,” she remarks, “the pages of my book are much different than that cover really is.” Laney College will meet her in the next few days as its new president, and she admits to being a little nervous. She knows others are, too. She is also inspired, excited, and hopeful. Before applying for the president position, Gilkerson had looked at jobs in the Peralta Community College District many times in the […]

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Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

12:45 PM
Activist delivers diagnosis on American healthcare

“If you don’t know where your next meal is coming from,” Dante Allen said, “it can play a critical role in your mental and physical being.” Allen is the senior communications officer at the Calif. Dept. of Public Health Office of Health Equity, and was hosted by Laney College’s Umoja-UBAKA Community for a “Race, Class and Health Equity” workshop on March 28. The workshop discussed the health status of African Americans as a people in California, and the health services available to all Peralta students covered by their student health fees. Umoja Faculty Co-Coordinator Dr. Kimberly King organized the event, […]

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD

12:41 PM
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

New exhibit spotlights Laney student Adrienne Miller’s globe-trotting photography Laney College student Adrienne Miller’s brilliant portrait photos from Siberia and the Far East are on display through May 20 in the Laney Photography Department in A-185. Miller is from Burbank, north of Los Angeles. So why did she travel the world and photograph humanity so far from home? “I think definitely in my twenties I was restless, and I think that I did not love Los Angeles,” Miller said. “I was trying to find my own sense of home. I traveled far and wide to find what home felt like […]

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