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Activist Joya speaks out about human rights, responsibility

October 24, 2013 11:34 AM
Afgani activist Malalai Joya wants U.S. accountability for wars’ end.

Stresses that U.S. should be held liable for overseas involvement The Aug. 9, 2010, cover of TIME magazine asked “What happens if we leave Afghanistan?” showing a photograph of a disfigured Afghani woman, a victim of war violence. But Afghani women’s rights activist Malalai Joya wants to know – What happens because we are in Afghanistan? Joya spoke Thursday, Oct. 17 at Berkeley City College to more than 300 students and community members. Her presentation was part of a 60-meeting tour, encompassing talks from coast to coast. The tour was coordinated by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), a national […]

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State Attorney General exalts Laney students

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Students Dantong Zhang Sin and Qingmian Xue share a laugh with Calif. Atty Gen. Kamala Harris as she looks at their Chinese Family Reunion and Renewal of Family Bonds project in the Laney Library Oct. 11.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris paid a visit to the Laney campus Oct.11, honoring the student creators of the “What Mask Are You Wearing” art exhibit located in the library. Amongst a gaggle of talkative students and staff, Harris perused the colorful projects that students of the Asian/Asian-American Studies program have displayed in the library since September. “I think it’s great because we normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to speak with someone of the higher judicial system,” said Chun Cheung, one of over 260 students who have contributed to the exhibition. Harris was showered with gifts by faculty members and […]

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A birdwatcher’s life takes flight during Laney photo exhibition

October 14, 2013 1:10 PM

William Van Meter may never have begun taking photographs if it weren’t for a certain heron. “I was a birdwatcher in Florida and a great big blue heron came out of the slough,” he said, “He didn’t see me as he was climbing up out of the pond. When he came up on the bank and saw me he didn’t turn and show fear, he strutted off and I said to myself ‘I should have a camera.’” This experience stuck with Van Meter and upon returning to California he did get his camera and began taking photographs of the birds […]

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Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’ embodies unreality

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The inebriated Vince hurdles into the scene.

Magic Theatre’s revival of the 1979 Pulitzer prize winner is a revelation in three acts Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s play “Buried Child” is, to borrow a phrase from Winston Churchill, something of a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” It is the story of a family deteriorating mentally, physically, financially, and existentially. In the opening sequence of “Child,” central character Dodge, the physically broken patriarch skillfully played by Rod Gnapp, argues with wife Halie (Denise Balthrop Cassidy) over the apparently mundane. A comical series of white lies is exchanged between Dodge and Halie, but this is simple […]

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New student group at Laney takes on Latino issues

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BASTA is a new student group focused on Latino students' issues.

In a dimly lit classroom, the Brown Alliance of Students Taking Action (BASTA) humbly began its first meeting of the semester on Oct. 1. Though the turnout was only a handful of students, and the meeting had a shy start, the mission statement of the group was confident and clear. “[BASTA is] a multiracial alliance of students and allies focused on addressing and magnifying…the issues affecting Laney’s Latino student population both on and off campus,” said Latin-American studies instructor Alicia Caballero. Caballero, along with students Jhovana Perez and Miguel Avila, organized and directed the first group meeting. BASTA, which means […]

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Peralta finance chief resigns post

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Ron Gerhard's first day at CCSF will be Oct. 21.

Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Ronald Gerhard announced his resignation at the September 24 Peralta Board of Trustees meeting. Gerhard said his resignation was the result of an employment offer from City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and that he had not been actively seeking a new position. “I wasn’t looking. I was approached and asked if I was interested in the position…I enjoy working at Peralta.” The Peralta Board of Trustees will meet to decide who Gerhard’s temporary replacement will be. A permanent replacement will be determined shortly afterwards. Gerhard began working for the Peralta Community College District […]

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Junior stylists hold charity ‘cut-a-thon’

October 10, 2013 1:21 PM
Cosmetology student Arnetris Thomas combs a mannequin's hair in the Laney College salon.

Laney College’s Cosmetology Department is holding a charity cut-a-thon Oct. 22 in room B100, which will benefit Look Good Feel Better, a nonprofit serving women suffering from cancer. Seasoned cosmetology students will provide haircuts, manicures, heat styling and makeup services. They will also apply hair embellishments and glitter tattoos, in honor of breast cancer awareness. The Laney Bistro is providing cupcakes and other treats for customers to enjoy. This isn’t the first charity organization the cosmetology department has been involved with: upper-class instructor Petra Schontges encourages her students to get involved in the community regularly. Last semester, they benefitted research […]

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‘Tree of Life and Death’ at OMCA

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'The Cobbler,' by artist Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt.

The Oakland Museum of California 19th annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition, “The Tree of Life and Death,” opened October 9, much to the enthusiasm of visitors and museum staff alike. The exhibition intertwines the Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) theme with the museum’s Natural Sciences wing, which opened on May 31 after a four-year renovation. The arrangement of installations allows guests to wander back and forth between the Natural Sciences and Dias de los Muertos exhibitions. The focus of this interdisciplinary exhibit are the ofrendas, or altars, to the souls of the deceased. A multitude of […]

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Geeks have their day at ‘Nerd Nite East Bay’

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This painting, which was featured at Nerd Nite on Sept. 30, juxtaposes a retro style with futuristic fun.

We’re all nerds in one-way or another. And weather you geek out about art, music, or science, or spend and unnecessary amount of time on Wikipedia reading up about wormholes, modern dance, or crustaceans, East Bay Nerd Nite is bound to have something that will pique your interest. A diverse audience crowded into the New Parkway’s two funky theaters last Monday to attend the 12th East Bay Nerd Nite. The monthly event has been held for one year, an anniversary that was greeted with much enthusiasm. The atmosphere was relaxed, almost cozy, and the crowd was friendly, united by a […]

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Hannah Montana no more

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Miley Cyrus found herself at the center of much controversy after her Aug. 25 performance for MTV’s VMA awards sent shockwaves throughout entertainment media. There she brought a form of dance that long existed on dimly lit club floors out into the limelight, and made the word twerk a part of the common vocabulary. While the uproar from this was barely starting to settle, she released Wrecking Ball, a music video featuring her riding astride a swinging wrecking ball, naked; this ignited still more controversy. In an attempt to present her side of things, she recently talked with Rolling Stone’s […]

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Students battle parking lot woes

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Students walk back to their cars.

Student Brandon Shook returned to his car with a fresh parking ticket after a brief conversation with police technician M. Tarver Oct. 3. Shook had been parking his car in the lot south of Laney College since the semester began. Despite purchasing a permit for the lot back in August, he still faced a second $40 charge for illegal parking. Unbeknownst to him, Shook had parked in a faculty space. Aisles A through D of the lot are ostensibly for faculty vehicles only. “I don’t even know where exactly it says, ‘This is Aisle A,’ or whatever,” he said. One […]

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Prominent anti-war activist talks at Berkeley City College

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Prominent anti-war activist talks at Berkeley City College

Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, an elder statesman of the anti-Vietnam War movement, talked to students Sept. 24 at Berkeley City College.

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GM crops…and your health

September 26, 2013 2:06 PM

There has been much discussion lately about genetically modified (GM) foodstuffs, most of it expressing concerns over so-called “terminator” seeds, health implications, and the profit motive. The first two are really a straw-man argument. In the case of “terminator” seeds, seeds which produce fruit that either has sterile seeds or no seeds at all, while the technology does exist, it is not yet commercially available. Regarding health implications, i.e. what impact GM crops might have on the health of human beings, there really isn’t evidence that GM crops have any impact. And, as long as we’re operating under the global […]

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‘Trial of the 20th Century’ up for vote

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O.J. Simpson's case is a "Trial of the 20th Century" candidate.

Which trial would you vote for as the Trial of the 20th Century? The Peralta Community College District is holding a fundraiser and debate discussing seven of the decade’s most iconic trials, including the trials of O.J. Simpson, Huey P. Newton, and Angela Davis. The event’s panelists are all renowned attorneys with first-hand knowledge of the trials for which they’ll be debating. Howard Moore Jr., councilmember of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights movement, will be among them. Attendees will vote for their trial of choice with donations, which will benefit Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), […]

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‘Cracking the Codes’ decrypts racial equality

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Dr. Shakti Butler speaks on Cracking the Codes.

Swaths of people filed into the Laney Forum on Sept. 13 to catch a glimpse of the latest documentary film. At 10 a.m. on a Friday, arguably a community college’s sleepiest time of the week, students arrived with varying degrees of enthusiasm: some sitting in the front rows of the auditorium, next to the large groups of faculty with pens in their hands, others in the back, enjoying a free breakfast while chatting languidly with their peers. Some arrived to filmmaker Dr. Shakti Butler’s forum of their own volition. Others needed enticing with promises of extra credit. Nevertheless, Dr. Butler’s […]

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