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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

March 2, 2017 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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The next president of Laney College?

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM

Interested in who the next president of Laney College may be? Students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity, on Jan. 30, to meet the three short-listed candidates for college president, and ask whatever was on their minds. Michael Reiner, Ph.D., Tammeil Gilkerson, and Anthony Tricoli, Ed.D. attended several forums throughout the day to introduce themselves and field questions from the Laney community. Tricoli said he was passionate about programs for student veterans, but questioning revealed that he is currently involved in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit,and left his position at Georgia Perimeter College under ambiguous circumstances. Gilkerson introduced herself as […]

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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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Letters to the editor: Reaching out to those hurt by ban

3:27 PM

I have not read an article from a newspaper in a long time. I certainly cannot remember the last article I read or what it was about. I found this recent article by KR Nava to be interesting. I particularly appreciated the attached table outlining President Trump’s executive order, and offering advice on how to deal with the “immigration ban.” I also found it helpful that the writer of this article listed a website URL for more information on the march that is to come on April 22, 2017. I wonder if the table of affected peoples and advice has […]

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Events Calendar

3:25 PM

Movies for Mental Health at College of Alameda Food, short films, and discussions about local resources are free for students at College of Alameda in F-building Pit Area on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12pm-2pm. Polar Obsession photography exhibit presents its opening reception The Brower Center presents Polar Obsession, an exhibition which will feature striking images of the world’s polar regions from photographer Paul Nicklen on Thursday, Feb. 16 at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley from 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Jim Grantham Quartet Fine jazz by top San Francisco Bay Area veteran musicians will be performed in the Terrace Room […]

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Counting the Uncounted

3:18 PM
Counting the Uncounted

Biennial homeless census documents West Oakland’s displaced Broken glass scrapes underfoot, glinting in the muddy lamppost light as David Hernandez walks toward a cluster of tumble-down tents huddled under a MacArthur Freeway overpass. It is the early morning of Jan. 31, and the encampment is cold and still. One man stands among the tents, quietly smoking a cigarette. “There’s someone over there,” Hernandez says, pointing. Quyen Tran lifts her clipboard and marks the man, and the encampment, on her count sheet. The pair moves on. As they walk, they scan empty lots and circle RVs, searching for tents and tarps, […]

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MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

2:58 PM
MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

Oakland Museum of California presents sneakers as art objects with rich history PICTURES COURTESY OF OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA Since the late 1800s, when London police officers began quietly sneaking up on criminals with a newly- designed rubber soled shoes, the sneaker has become part of the fabric of athletic, cultural and even political life. Sneakers, which were first called plimsolls, can reveal everything from race and class to political affiliation. Recently, they ran head on into political controversy. In November, New Balance’s public support of President Trump’s protectionist policies led a Neo-Nazi blog to declare the brand “the official […]

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OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

2:46 PM
OPPRESSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

Former Laney student Milton Bowens presents exhibit tackling issues Oakland artist and former Laney student Milton Bowens poses questions about African Americans in America with his new collection, “The Discovery of Urban Cotton Fields” featured at the June Steingart Gallery in the lobby of the Laney Administration Building. Bowens studied illustration while in the Army before finding a mentor and changing his focus to fine art and mixed medias when he met former Laney art professor David Bradford. Bowens is influenced by the styles and works of Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. Bowens […]

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Defending Democracy

2:26 PM
Defending Democracy

Laney College hosts panel of immigrant rights experts to offer resources Laney College’s Teach-In Series is gaining traction and relevancy post-inauguration. The Forum was filled almost to capacity on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with attendees sitting along the aisle in the back of the room. In the wake of President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Teach-In planning committee organized and presented an “emergency Teach-In,” titled, “Unite to Protect Our Rights: Stop the Migrant Ban, Defend Democracy.” The Teach-In put hundreds of Laney students and faculty in contact with a panel of immigration lawyers and defenders of […]

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Black history month events calendar

2:15 PM
Black history month events calendar

Healing Our Souls: The Journey of Black Identity Merritt College African American Studies Department will host a panel discussion on the topic of Black Identity moderated by Professor Jason Seals in R-110, the Student Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12-1:30pm. “Development of All African People” Community Forum The Laney BSU:DAAP will host a community forum in the Laney College Student Center on the 4th floor on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-8:30pm. Black History Month Film Series: “The Night Tulsa Burned” & “13th” Council member Desley Brooks and the Black Power Network, along with community and local leaders will screen […]

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