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Who’ll watch the cops?

September 17, 2014 10:27 PM

I remember when the Internet came to my house, I was in middle school. Now I’m 27 and it wasn’t until last year that I owned my first computer. It was given to me as a birthday gift by a friend who refurbished it. While I have always been grateful for the gift, I also remember feeling upset. It felt like being forced online, forced to take on responsibilities in a global community. One year of Internet-ing obliterated any notion that ignorance is bliss. It doesn’t take the Internet to see police brutality being carried out against friends, family, neighbors, […]

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What has 911 wrought in 2014?

10:13 PM

Thirteen years ago today our nation united in grief and horror as we watched the twin towers fall. I was only seven years old at the time, too young to fully comprehend the scope of the tragedy, though I do remember a certain level of bewilderment and fear as I watched my parents, former residents of Brooklyn, crying as the news came over the radio. My classmates and I discussed the events in school, sharing our limited understandings, each of us trying to sound adult though we were far out of depth. We could not see that our lives, and […]

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Air quality testing in Laney B building

10:03 PM

Following a complaint about air quality in room B 256, tests have shown particulate matter to be “well within permissible exposure limits,” according to results. The complaint was received on Aug. 26 by Peralta Community College Director of Risk Management Gregory Valentine. The complainant, Meryl Siegal, faculty member in the English Department, reported excessive dust in the air of classroom B256. As a result, an independent third party company, Environmental Technical Services, Inc. (ETS), was contacted the same day to schedule air monitoring for dust. The following week on Sept. 2, four air samples were collected by Jacqueline Kryszak, a […]

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Part-timers issue taken to board

9:55 PM

Trustees also hear from ASLC about funds taken from students’ budget The Peralta College Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 9 began after clapping from the crowd due to the late start. The meeting dealt with the district budget, student success, and issues surrounding the contract rehiring pool for part-timers. ASLC Vice President Rose Gelin also spoke about the funds established by the student body organization being taken away March 11 by an approval from the Board of Trustees. “The fund was removed without the knowledge of the ASLC, and we are asking for the fund to be back into […]

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2014 LANEY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

September 9, 2014 12:28 AM

Date             Opponent             Location             Time   Sat Sept. 6             Sacramento City Col.             Sacramento             6 p.m. Fri Sept. 12             CC San Francisco             Laney             7 p.m. Fri Sept. 19             Sierra College             Laney             7 p.m. Sat Sept. 27             Santa Rosa Jr. College             Santa Rosa             5 p.m. Fri Oct. 3             De Anza College             Laney             7 p.m. Oct. 10-11             BYE Fri Oct. 17             Fresno City College             Laney             6 p.m. Sat Oct. 25             Modesto Jr. College             Modesto             6 p.m. Sat Nov. 1 […]

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Peralta sports calendar

12:21 AM

Date             Opponent             Location             Time   ALAMEDA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Fri Aug. 29             Lassen College             Alameda             2 p.m. Fri Aug. 29             Skyline College             Alameda             6 p.m. Fri Sept. 5             Lassen Classic             Susanville             2 p.m. Fri Sept. 5             Lassen Classic             Susanville             TBA Wed Sept. 10             Cañada College             Alameda             6 p.m. LANEY WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Fri Sept. 5             Col. of the Redwoods             Laney             3 p.m. Fri Sept. 5             San Jose City College             Laney             5:30 p.m. Wed Sept. 10             CC San […]

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Sanford ‘stumbled’ into job as Laney’s new volleyball coach

12:08 AM

After a winless campaign in 2013, Jade Sanford, the new Laney College women’s volleyball coach, is looking to turn around the program. Sanford, a Cal State East Bay graduate who is from Dallas, Tex., is entering her first year as head coach after taking over from previous coach Heather Sisneros, who stepped down from her post this summer. She remains at Laney, working in the Kinesiology Department. Sanford initially came to Laney to be an assistant coach only to be thrust into her predecessor’s position soon after her arrival. “I kinda stumbled into the head coaching job (here at Laney),” […]

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Easy Pass discount is a major cost-saver—after SNAFU is fixed

12:01 AM

Welcome Fall 2014 Students, I would like to update a situation regarding the AC Transit EasyPass student bus pass issue and delays. The semester officially began August 18; the issuance of passes has been delayed due to the necessary pass cards not being available to attach the student’s identification picture. Unfortunately, students who need this allowance to reduce the amount of bus fare paid to get to and from the campus will have to pay full fare until further notice. Students who enroll and take a minimum of nine units or more must automatically pay a fee of $36 each […]

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Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ brings unlikely heroes to a galaxy near you

September 8, 2014 11:56 PM

Heroes come from the most unlikely places, and guardians rarely start out as such. It’s one of the oldest stories we can tell, but no matter how many times it is told it never loses its power. “I was only a kid when I left Earth, and I had no idea what the universe had in store for me,” states Peter Quill in Marvel’s latest blockbuster “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” setting the stage for an action-packed story chock full of improbable heroism. On the night of his mother’s death, young Quill was abducted and taken from earth, forever altering […]

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A personal take on Robin Williams

11:50 PM

We knew Robin Williams in many guises; the last one was hard to stomach. The finality of it – that so sweet a soul could be assaulted by unbearable pain is not for us to fathom. “Over and out,” as Mork might have delicately put it. Inevitably, social media lit up. Noted comics tweeted tributes, and one—Billy Crystal—said simply, “No words.” Some hold cherished memories of an actual encounter with Robin Williams. Mine came on April 6, 1983. I was the comedy critic for the now-defunct Berkeley Gazette. The headline left little doubt: “Berkeley gets a surprise Orkian treat” Following […]

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Did you feel the earthquake and what was your reaction to it?

11:42 PM

Word on the Quad Did you feel the earthquake and what was your reaction to it? “I barely felt the earthquake. My mom came and asked me if that was an earthquake, and I said, ‘That was no earthquake.’” Andre Shyne Music Management “I was at a downtown party and nobody felt the earthquake.” Nicole Simmons Small Business Administration “I was asleep.” Mary Anderson Architecture “I expected my dogs to go crazy after the earthquake, but they were just looking at me to see if I was ok.” Josie Byars Anthropology “Terrifying.” Najeb Alazznai Undeclared “I was at a friend’s […]

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Letters to the Editor

11:34 PM

Financial Aid issues Editor—In the May 15 issue of The Tower I found it very interesting that one of the main arguments against Laney President Elnora Webb was the structural problems in the Laney Financial Aid Department. These allegations were made by a former ASLC vice-president, Marisol Zavala Suarez, which made it even more surprising. Many students and I have been confronted with problems relating to the office. Now that school officials and the Peralta Board of Trustees recognize a problem, they should evaluate the situation within the department and fix it. More of the blame should be planted on […]

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Oakland Zoo expansion

11:27 PM

The Oakland Zoo in Knowland Park has received criticism from protesters and environmental groups for the Zoo expansion project, the California Trail, which was approved by Oakland City Council in 2011. Protesters such as Friends of Knowland Park are concerned that expansion of the zoo will fence out wildlife, such as mountain lions that use the parkland for hunting. Fire safety is also a concern due to the remote location of the new zoo exhibits. Another issued raised by protesters was funding for zoo expansion. In November 2011 the Oakland Zoo tried to pass its A1 measure asking for one […]

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Industry-supported authors?

11:12 PM

It is now better than ever to be creatively driven. Technology has made plenty of space for a boom in expressive careers, especially independent writers. Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle direct publishing, and other indie publishers like Smashwords and Createspace, new, young authors everywhere are finding an audience without financial investment or worry of being repeatedly turned down by big publishing companies that ruled the market a decade ago. Self-published and indie-published authors are focused, determined people who’ve made full-time careers writing books in genres ranging from science fiction to dramatic biographies to mystery thrillers—even quite a few serial adult romances. […]

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Making the world safe for oil firms

10:50 PM

Well, here we go again trying to make the world safe for oil companies and Israel. The ostensible reason for attacking the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq is “humanitarian suffering” in the oil-rich Kurdish region. Humanitarian suffering in Syria and Israeli occupied Gaza did not move our Washington politicos. But have some uppity Islamists pose a threat to oil wells or the Jewish state and our military is dispatched pronto to set things right. That Wall Street money for political campaigns sure is powerful stuff: a 99-0 Senate vote for moral support and $350 million in […]

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