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Students and staff wary of B-building construction zone, foul air

September 8, 2014 9:53 PM

TOWER WATCH The Tower salutes all of the students and staff holding forth in B building. We have received many complaints about the construction obstacle course as students traverse from one classroom to another. Just as frustrating, the air quality in some of the classrooms has caused some students and faculty to seek classrooms in other buildings to conduct classes. Administrators say the situation is regrettable but “temporary.” We’ll keep watch. Something broken on your campus? Contact us at laneytower@peralta.edu.

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ASLC President Oliver seeks change, pushes Leadership project

9:49 PM

In his final year at Laney College, ASLC President and Peralta student trustee Carl Oliver has announced plans to decrease the gap between students and their representatives. In a series of council meetings, Oliver has promoted the ambitious ASLC Student Leadership Development Project —an interdisciplinary independent study program open to Laney students from all departments, with a focus on business, management, and sociology. The ASLCSLDP, as Oliver abbreviates it, is part of a broad strategy to foster engagement in campus politics among the students. Oliver plans to promote his organization through a frequently published newsletter, written by students in his […]

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Part-time instructors not rehired

9:30 PM

GRIEVANCE SET The Peralta Federation of Teachers has filed a grievance for Laney College part-time professors Cynthia Mahabir and Matthew Hubbard. Neither professor was given classes for the current semester. Mahabir has taught in the district for 17 years, Hubbard for 11. Several PFT union members met in the Tower building lobby Aug. 20 to discuss their strategy before taking the elevator to the eighth floor and the office of Laney President Elñora Webb. Janell Hampton, executive board member of the PFT, read the union’s resolution at the meeting. The union asked for the immediate reinstatement of Mahabir and Hubbard. […]

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Protest over grad speaker

May 15, 2014 3:12 PM
Protest over grad speaker

Students picket faculty luncheon near Laney Bistro Students, community members, and faculty took to the Laney Quad May 1 to support immigrants’ rights and oppose the appointment of University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano as Laney’s commencement day keynote speaker. Graduation is slated to take place May 24 at the football field. May 1, also known as May Day, has been historically known as International Workers’ Day, a holiday not wholly dissimilar from Labor Day in the U.S. Since 2006, however, immigrants rights advocates have used the holiday as a date to draw attention to their cause. Before marching […]

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2014 Spring Sports Awards

2:11 PM

Baseball MVP—Joey Marquez Pitcher of the Year—Keith Britton Most Inspirational—Tyler Strawn Eagle Award—Tyler Strawn BVC First team—Joey Marquez (outfield) BVC Second team—James McReynolds (pitcher) Sophomore Plaques—Samuel Nieves, Keenan Britton, Daniel Digirolamo, Lamarr Blanson, Joseph Marquez, Tyler Strawn, Joseph Valdez, D’Anthony Rice, Robert Monchak, Alex Guerrero, Omar Tapia   Basketball MVP—Chermayne Moore Defensive MVP—Luisa Delos Reyes, Orianna Johnson Most Improved—Ezqi Tataroglu Sophomore plaques—Jordan Johnson, Chermayne Moore   Swimming and Diving Diving MVP—Julie Moyer Most Improved (Diving)—Aquila White Swimming MVP—Julia Roriz Most Improved (Swimming)—Julienne Racells Sophomore Plaques—Shannon Brady, Daniela Medina, Malina Weitkemper   Track and Field MVP—Kortni Smyers-Jones  

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Three qualify for state track meet

2:09 PM

The Laney College women’s track and field team, qualified three athletes for the California Community Colleges State Track and Field Championships. The championship meet will be held Friday-Saturday, May 16-17, at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Kortni Smyers-Jones qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Jasiri Blake and Inanna Felicity also qualified.

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Moore to attend Dixie State

2:06 PM

Laney College sophomore basketball player Chermayne Moore is Utah-bound. Moore, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, signed a letter-of-intent recently to attend Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. “Chermayne started playing for me when she was in the eighth grade,” Laney coach Ron Williams said. “She was a very good defensive player and always worked really hard. “Last year she really added the offensive piece (of her game) and this year she really turned it on.” Moore was never better offensively when she scored 35 points, including seven 3-pointers, in a 104-58 victory over Yuba College on Feb. 5. Moore, from […]

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From action to indie, the summer movie roundup

1:46 PM

The grand age of digital streaming has brought blockbusters to our bedrooms, and for many of us it has replaced movie theaters altogether. But there is something about the theater experience that the convenience of streaming will never be able to rival. The cushy red seats, the smell of popcorn, the air-conditioning that’s always on a bit too high, and, best of all, the intangible camaraderie of sharing a couple hours of honest entertainment with a crowd of strangers. So, as the summer movie season approaches, take the time to visit your favorite theater. Take a date, take your best […]

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‘Only Lovers Left’ a new look at Vampires

1:44 PM

V ampire stories have been beaten to death by pop culture over the last few years. A rash of books, TV shows, and movies have tried to put a new spin on one of humankind’s oldest myths. For many the trope seems tired out, but when a director as visionary and unique as Jim Jarmusch decides to take it on, it’s enough to make you pay attention, and not without good reason. “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the 11th film by the prolific and celebrated director, is unlike any vampire story before it, largely ignoring the trend of dramatic mysticism so […]

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Carolan litigates on behalf of media

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?

1:37 PM

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

1:34 PM

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

1:24 PM
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

1:21 PM

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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