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Clarification: Pauline Bondonno

December 14, 2016 12:48 PM

A Tower article on the Merritt College Tobacco-less Club (“Merritt Tobacco-less Club wins $20K national grant,” Nov. 23) failed to identify Pauline Bondonno, executive director of Community Health Education Institute, as the person in charge of putting the grant money into effect over the next 12 months. Bondonno has headed tobacco prevention programs at Merritt College for the past two years, through grants from the California Department of Health and, previously, through the Alameda County Health Services Tobacco Prevention Program. She created the Fresh Air Art Contest, and has worked to further tobacco prevention and awareness at Merritt College, Laney […]

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Let our garden grow

December 8, 2016 10:12 AM

The Laney Garden, located near Eagle Village and the Laney Bistro, is a hidden gem on campus. The garden creates an oasis-like environment, but it is so much more. The Oakland branch of the International Rescue Committee uses the garden to help new Cambodian immigrants stay connected to their culinary and agricultural practices. With a place to garden, new immigrants can practice traditional agriculture, create cuisine that reminds them of home, and grow organic produce in the process. Though the garden flourishes, it remains at risk of being replaced by a “flex zone” for construction projects, including the proposed Student […]

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Events calendar

10:08 AM

Oakland Public Library hosts “DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland” Discussion with local author, novelist, playwright and Laney College Professor of English Judy Juanita of her latest work, featuring essays about her evolution as a feminist, including joining the Black Panther Party and editing its newspaper; Dec. 10 at 2:30 PM at Oakland Public Library Main Branch Holiday Photo Shoot Fundraiser at Laney College Cosmetology Department Professional photo shoot at the Cosmetology Department, for holiday pictures; lights, hair, and makeup styling provided by current and former students; go to Laney’s B-100 on Dec. 10 at 11 AM; tickets are $30, […]

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Electors must dump Trump

10:07 AM

The media keep referring to Donald Trump as “President-elect”— but why? The popular vote has Hillary Clinton ahead by more than 2.6 million votes. The Electoral College vote is almost two weeks away. It is the electors who vote for president. Alexander Hamilton did not trust the public with the responsibility of electing a President; he made constitutional provisions for an electoral college to vote for president. In Hamilton’s day, Southern states had stable economies based on slavery; Northern states with densely populated cities were in debt. Southern states demanded more say. This is wildly outdated. Some so-called patriots wax […]

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BUILDING THE FUTURE

9:55 AM
BUILDING THE FUTURE

Award-winning Laney Carpentry Department receives $80k grant for housing initiative The Laney College Carpentry Department won an $80,000 grant from the city of Oakland to build two Tiny House prototypes, with an eye to future mass production. Tiny Houses aim to solve homelessness through miniature housing. Matt Wolpe will head this project, along with Marisha Farnsworth. Wolpe is the part-time carpentry instructor who led a team of Laney students last year as it built an award-winning Tiny House called the Wedge. While the Wedge required four semesters to build, Wolpe and Farnsworth plan to build these prototypes in two semesters. […]

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Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

9:46 AM
Laney seeks donations to support Open Door Mission

Homelessness, poverty, income inequality, hunger and gentrification are not new problems for Oaklanders, or to students at Laney College. Thus, for many years the school has spearheaded a food drive to benefit the Open Door Mission, located on Seventh Street near the college. In the current economic conditions, donations are severely needed. The Open Door Mission is a faith-based Gospel Rescue Mission. It provides meals for anyone who needs assistance. It does not provide places to sleep. The mission does have a sober living environment that provides a small number of beds, but it is by invitation only and not […]

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IN MOURNING

9:09 AM
IN MOURNING

Community gathers to honor 36 lost in Oakland fire About 1,500 Oaklanders gathered at the Lake Merritt pergola on Monday evening, Dec. 5, carrying electric candles, LED poi, and glowsticks. The event organizer, Anthony Bonnett, asked that no open flames be present. Friends and families who shared their memories were met with cheers of love and the raising of hundreds of little glowing lights. Natalie Jahanbani spoke through tears about her partner, who was confirmed dead that day. “I will tell her story, her name was Em, and I loved her so much, and I will never stop telling her […]

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In memoriam: Six Laney students victims of Ghost Ship fire

8:57 AM
In memoriam: Six Laney students victims of Ghost Ship fire

Nicole “Denalda” Renae Siegrist: laney college student “The choir is reeling over the loss,” said Laney Choir Director John Reager. “She had real spirit. She was looking forward to singing the Faure Requiem. Now we are singing it for her.” The Laney Choir will sing the Faure Requiem on Dec. 9 at 7PM at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2169 Broadway. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $20 general admission. Sarah Hoda: former laney college student “Sarah distinguished herself by her incredibly kind and giving personality,” Laney College Welding Instructor Liisa Pine Schoonmaker wrote. “She was a teacher; she […]

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GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

8:40 AM
GHOST SHIP FIRE: BENEFITS CALENDAR

Elbo Room show proceeds benefit fire victims as artists around Bay rally in solidarity “Pass it around like church,” announced Natalie Ribbons of touring act Tele Novella announced as she held up a box marked “Donations!” The band is on tour from Austin, Tx., and was so moved by the tragedy on Dec. 2 that they decided to take donations into their own hands. The attic of the Elbo Room was lively but somber on Dec. 6, as the Bay Area struggled to cope with intense loss to the arts community through entertainment. Sugarcandy Mountain and Babewatch also performed in […]

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DANCE OF VICTORY

8:30 AM
DANCE OF VICTORY

Annual Laney College Pow Wow coincides with hard-fought win for Native activists The American Indian Child Resource Center hosted the 17th annual Pow Wow in the Laney College gymnasium on Dec. 3-4, honoring American Indian social workers for protecting family integrity. The event featured contest dancing, Native food, a holiday Santa Claus giveaway, and authentic American Indian arts and crafts. There were also Saturday evening performances by Tanaya Winder and Frank Waln. A Pow Wow in an event where Native Americans come together to sing, dance, honor their cultures and socialize. Spectators were treated to many new cultural experiences. Drumming […]

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Laney makes history with double win over CCSF

8:20 AM
Laney makes history with double win over CCSF

Wonder of wonders, miracles of miracles. The Laney College football team has defeated City College of San Francisco twice in one season for the first time ever. The Eagles (9-2) finished their best season since 2007 when they defeated the Rams 49-35 on Dec. 3 in the San Francisco Community College Bowl at CCSF. Laney had previously defeated CCSF 18-13 on Sept. 2 in the season opener in Oakland. “I think the emphasis of the season is that we started strong and ended strong,” head coach John Beam said. “They played with tremendous enthusiasm and never quit. “We won two […]

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WHERE WE LIVE

November 29, 2016 9:34 AM
WHERE WE LIVE

Remember where we live. Today, we in the East Bay continue to suffer, like the rest of the country, under oppressive racism, economic inequality, and increasing displacement—plus the constant threat of earthquakes. So as the world grows more chaotic, we must remember where we live. Our Peralta Colleges sit in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda—beautiful cities in one of the most eclectic areas in the world. They might call us the “East” Bay, but we’re a region deserving of admiration all our own. We boast a long history of radical politics, one of the world’s top-ranked educational institutions, a people’s museum […]

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More power to the people

9:26 AM

The Electoral College made Donald Trump our next president, despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by 1.67 million votes. The Electoral College made George W. Bush president when Al Gore won the popular vote. Recently, people have become more aware of how the College is relevant in their lives, and how it has come to subvert the will of the people. The Founding Fathers of this country were afraid of putting too much power in the hands of any one person, branch of government, section of the country or in the people, so they established the Electoral College. The […]

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It Doesn’t Add Up

9:24 AM
It Doesn’t Add Up
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Events Calendar

9:22 AM
Events Calendar

Home Slice collects canned and dried food donations on Nov. 23 Food will go to the Alameda County Food Bank and donations will go on to help fight hunger and feed 1 in 5 county residents; DJs and dancing provided, from 9 PM to 2 AM at the Era Art Bar and Lounge on 19 Grand Ave. in Oakland “Deep Dreams” discussion in Berkeley about inspiration and hallucinations Google engineer and artist Mike Tyka in duscussion about neural networks, Google’s DeepDream project, and art; free at in UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Dai Hall on Nov. 28 from 6:30 to 8 PM […]

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