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Carolan litigates on behalf of media

May 15, 2014 1:41 PM
Carolan litigates on behalf of media

In the discussion surrounding media careers, the jobs that come to mind are journalists, PR people, and editors, but such jobs only represent one side of the media world. Every publication or network needs someone to defend them in cases of libel and fight for the First Amendment rights that grant them access to information and to protect their sources. Duffy Carolan is one of these valiant advocates. As a local media attorney she has defended several big name and Bay Area media outlets in court and provided consultation to help them prevent future cases. Carolan herself began as a […]

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What’s our true intention?

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In Nigeria on April 15, 276 young girls were kidnapped from their school dormitories in the town of Chibok just as they were preparing to take final exams. These girls were kidnapped by a Jihadist Military group called Boko Haram, which has threatened to sell the girls as slaves or child wives. The families of these young girls have taken to the streets in Nigeria, demanding that their government rescue them; however, the government apparently has done nothing. Some call it apathy, others call it a weakness of the Nigerian Government since it simply does not have the resources to […]

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Russia is reflection of U.S. intervention policy

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A friend in Mexico recently posted a meme on social media that I couldn’t help but re-post so my friends in the U.S. could see it. There are two photos: on top, the Statue of Liberty, captioned: “Visit the United States…” and the bottom photo, tanks and helicopters: “…Before the United States visits you.” This is the world’s view of the U.S.: intrusive and uncontrollable. While Ukrainians are probably Photoshopping their own versions of this meme, America’s panic over Russia’s recent interventions mirrors what the rest of the world sees whenever the U.S. decides to “defend its interests.” Our media’s […]

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Laney President Webb’s ‘March 15’ letter rescinded by Peralta trustees

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Laney President Webb’s ‘March 15’ letter rescinded by Peralta trustees

The long-running discussion over Laney College President Elñora Webb’s contract came to a close at the Tuesday, May 13, Peralta Board of Trustees meeting. Webb had received notice that her contract may not be renewed in what is colloquially referred to as a “March 15” letter, but the Board voted to renew her contract. The notice, issued in this case by Peralta Chancellor José Ortiz, is so named because under California Education Code section 44951, supervisory employees must be issued a notice of non-renewal by March 15. Otherwise, states the code, said employee will be considered renewed. Both Webb and […]

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Graduation venue switch sparks anger

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Students at graduation rehearsal May 9 were outraged when they were told that graduation had been moved from Eagle Stadium to the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Although commencement ceremonies have now been changed back to Eagle stadium, the half-filled Odell Johnson Theatre, which was the rehearsal site for May 24 graduation ceremonies, broke out in a flurry of questions as graduation organizers opened up the floor to inquiries. Students primarily wanted to know why the event venue had been changed. “We have a somewhat controversial speaker,” an organizer said, referencing commencement speaker Janet Napolitano, “and we have your safety in […]

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New names added to Laney’s ‘Wall of Fame’

May 1, 2014 5:10 PM
New names added to Laney’s ‘Wall of Fame’

Awards banquet to be held May 3 The 11th Laney College “Wall of Fame” awards dinner will be held Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Physical Education Building starting at 6 p.m. Five former Laney football players will be inducted on Sunday. Their names will be added to the more than 60 names that are already chiseled on the granite plaque that resides on the south wall on the first floor of the Laney College Student Center. “It should be a great event,” said Wall of Fame organizer and retired Laney football coach Stan Peters. “There is a […]

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Free Comic Day celebrates alt artform

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On May 1st comic book stores across the globe will be participating in the annual Free Comic Book Day. Since 2002, shops worldwide have been opening their doors and offering free comics in celebration of artists, writers, and comic culture on a whole. As the Free Comic Book Day website states, “Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse story lines that capture the imagination of the readers. That’s worth celebrating in our book.” Whether you are a longtime buff […]

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Classic hero takes on big controversies

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Captain America made his debut as a star-spangled, shield-slinging, Nazi-bashing patriot in the 1940s, a character whose sole purpose was to promote liberty and democracy while dealing solid uppercuts to Hitler and his cronies. Seventy years later, the beloved “Cap” has proved himself an enduring character in American entertainment, and one surprisingly capable of leaving behind outdated governmental chauvinism to tackle contemporary issues of politics and policy. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is another block-busting hit for entertainment mogul Marvel Comics that deals out vehicular mayhem and gratuitous roundhouse kicks en-masse. However, the film does not lack depth and is […]

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3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

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3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

Few technologies are as exciting or promising as 3-D printing. Though 3-D printing has been around since the early 80s, it didn’t come into its own until around 2006. Since then the technology has progressed rapidly, even making its way into people’s homes. In a nutshell, 3-D printing is the creation of a three-dimensional object from a digital file. Just as we create real, paper-and-ink documents from digital ones, 3-D printing uses a variety of methods to translate data files into actual items. All 3-D printing processes use the same basic steps. First a three-dimensional, digital model of the desired […]

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Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

4:38 PM
Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

Tucked away in the back room of Merritt College’s Microscopy Laboratory is a piece of machinery whose small stature belies its powerful capacity. Housed in room D247, the laboratory is home to the tabletop TM3000 scanning electron microscope (SEM), which bears a striking resemblance to R2-D2’s kid brother, and its SwiftED3000 attachment. On loan from manufacturer Hitachi, the TM3000 SEM was the focal point of a week-long event from April 21-25 designed to educate and inform the public of the benefit of acquiring a piece of research equipment which, according to laboratory technician Peter Werner, might one day make its […]

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Un-necessary Extravagance

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Oakland is characterized by flat grounds with direct routes to almost anywhere you need to go, an ideal haven for bicyclists. However, there are few streets in Oakland that have sufficient bike lanes, which makes it difficult for cars and bicyclists to safely share the road. Telegraph Avenue is an important street in Oakland and Berkeley; it contains, separates, and connects many parts of Oakland, including Downtown, West Oakland, Uptown Oakland, Lake Merritt, North Oakland, and continues all the way to the top of the slight slope to connect Oakland with Berkeley. Ideally, bicyclists should be able to take this […]

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New resources bring distinction to Peralta

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During my coursework in the Peralta District I happened upon a remarkable opportunity. At the end of Professor Peter Old’s Chem 1B course at College of Alameda, he presented his project and I was extended an invitation to participate. A mass extinction event closed the Cretaceous Period. The end of the dinosaurs is theorized to have come as a result of a meteorite impact. Today an approximately 66-million-year old layer of clay remains well preserved in parts of the world, sandwiched between older and younger layers. This is the K-Pg boundary, and locked within are clues to this ancient mystery. […]

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ASLC Town Hall Meeting focuses on environmental sustainability

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Peralta Trustee Nicky González Yuen said enlightening students about environmental sustainability should be a key part of general education classes throughout the district. His remarks were delivered at the ASLC’s April 23 Town Hall Meeting in the Forum. Laney geography instructor Mark Rauzon also participated in the discussion entitled “Sustainability Movements.” Mark Corbett Wilson Laney’s representative to the Peralta Student Council, moderated the discussion. Wilson’s casual style, combined with the lack of a PA system, encouraged an intimate atmosphere during the discussion. González Yuen, who also teaches Political Science at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, started off the main […]

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Ortiz cancels ‘Partners’ contract

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Consultants use ‘Oz’ book for culture change Peralta Community College District Chancellor José M. Ortiz announced on April 28th that the District’s contract with consulting firm Partners In Leadership (PIL) has been nullified after months of debate and controversy. Peralta intended to bring in the PIL firm to help “change the culture” at the schools, creating a more efficient learning environment for both students and faculty. However the decision to sign a three-year contract and pay $315,500 to bring PIL and its accountability training to the Peralta district was met with dispute by teachers, faculty, and students alike. The greatest […]

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Bowens educates through art as part of Steingart Gallery exhibit

April 10, 2014 11:00 PM
Bowens educates through art as part of Steingart Gallery exhibit

Artist Milton Bowens of Oakland met with Mr. Conley, vice president, and Chardonnae Carter, secretary of the Black Student Union on April 3, at Laney College; June Steingart Gallery. Bowens is an Oakland native, and his portfolio states that he tactfully put a slim strip of brown paper bag on all his art to connect to his modest past as an artist. Bowens said, “The most important dimension of painting lives in the zones of silence, emotions, and mystery created by the forms, the lines, the colors, the materials, the brushstroke, and the frailties forged by chance. “No one would […]

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