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ALSC election results

April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
Pictured above: Patricia Sanchez at the voting table on election day. Photo by Betty Rose

Students cast their ballots April 8-9 on the Quad, stating their preferences in ASLC officers and senators for the 2014-2015 school year. The election was certified on April 10. Incumbent President Carl Oliver was elected to a second term; Rose Gelin edged out Crystal Perez by the scant margin of 18 votes to win the vice-presidency. Gelin and Perez were vying for the seat vacated by current Vice-President Sarah Park. Though Proposition 1 succeeded, results will need to meet with California state education code, which states voter turnout must meet or exceed the previous three elections in order for the […]

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OaklandLocal publisher addresses Mass Media and Society class

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Oakland Local publisher addresses Mass Media and Society class. Photo by Alishia Thomas

The Mass Media and Society Class had to a chance to speak with executive director and publisher of the alternative news media website OaklandLocal. Susan Mernit spoke with students on March 4 about running a non-profit and sharing uncommon stories of the Oakland community. OaklandLocal, launched in 2009, is considered an independent news non-profit organization which is a resource for, according their website, what is “happening in education, city government, food, innovative tech, arts and culture, youth and more in Oakland.” It is not funded or run by a major media conglomerate like Fox or NBC Universal, and its content […]

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Major leaks a pressing concern across campus

March 13, 2014 4:32 PM
Major leaks a pressing concern across campus

If you’ve been in a building on campus in the last few weeks, it isn’t unlikely that you’ve noticed some moisture and perhaps even seen a few leaks. Unfortunately, a large number of the school buildings have sprung some serious leaks, which has caused a surplus of problems that require immediate attention. Health and safety is a major concern for students and faculty. According to Dean Peter Crabtree, reports of ground level and ceiling leaks in A-Building, C-Building, G-Building, the Library, the Gym, and underneath the Quad have come in to the facilities staff from all over campus. Some areas, […]

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ALSC approves ballot props, constitutional amendments

10:41 AM

The Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) approved two propositions as well as multiple changes to its constitution for inclusion on next month’s ballots at its March 6 meeting. The first proposition seeks to give more access and equity in shared governance of Laney College in cases where students are concerned by increasing the ASLC’s representation on governing bodies. According to the official language of the ASLC resolution which placed the measure on the ballot, “[W]e, the student body, urge the Chancellor of the PCCD to meet with the District Academic Senate, District Classified Senate, and Peralta Student Council to […]

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Tutoring resource center boasts new services, convenient location

February 13, 2014 5:57 PM

The Tutoring Resource Center (TRC) at Laney College is seeing much deserved growth this semester, as it moves into a new space on the 3rd loor of the Student Center, SC-300. Lisa Cook, tutoring coordinator at Laney for the past several years, says one of the greatest improvements is the TRC’s new location. The previous space for the TRC was “too isolated, with not enough student traf ic.” She feels the more central location of this new space, right inside the Student Center, will help draw students and tutors alike. “Student communication has always been a challenge,” says Cook, “you […]

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Prof questions Civil Rights conception

5:48 PM

Speaking to a standing room only crowd in Danae Martinez’s African- American History class, Professor A.B. Wilkinson gave a talk entitled “The Long Civil Rights Movement and Our Place In It.” Presented as part of the Black Student Union’s (BSU) ongoing celebration of Black History Month on Feb 10, the discussion was designed to rethink the origins of the famed Civil Rights Movement. “’The Long Civil Rights Movement’ has been a phrase used to express the idea that the history of the Civil Rights Movement does not simply belong to the 1950s and 1960s, and has been incorrectly taught as […]

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‘Project’ unearths supressed reporting

5:39 PM

“Most people seem to realize there’s something wrong with the news media in the United States,” said Mickey Huff, social sciences and history professor at Diablo Valley College and director of “Project Censored.” Huff, speaking to an audience at Berkeley City College’s (BCC) auditorium on Feb. 6, sought to urge his listeners to think more critically about the news media and the information which it presents, discuss the purpose of Project Censored, and present a cinematic creation by former Project Censored participants Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker entitled “Project Censored: The Movie.” According to its website, Project Censored “educates students […]

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Obama’s view on immigration

December 5, 2013 9:07 AM

President Barack Obama visited the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Nov. 25 to talk about his Common Sense Immigration Bill slowlymaking its way through the United States Congress. Immigration is always topical in a countrywhere most of us are immigrants even in the visible absence of its First Peoples. Purposeful genocide has rendered the original inhabitants almost invisible, but we know through shared ancestry, they are still here. The President is a product of historic immigrant rights, a child of Kenyan and Irish ancestry. He also has Asian ancestry as he came of age in […]

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Merritt soccer team wins first BVC title

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM
Merritt soccer team wins first BVC title

The Merritt College Thunderbirds men’s soccer team eclipsed its best finish to date with a resounding 4-0 drubbing of the Yuba College 49ers on Nov. 1. The route all but cemented the T-Birds’ position atop the Bay Valley Conference (BVC) standings. The win brought Coach Zach Sullivan’s side’s record to 12-3-3 (wins-losses-draws) overall for the season, one better than Merritt’s previous best record of 10-7-3 set in 2010. The T-Birds’ victory over the 49ers all but cemented the first BVC title in school history. BVC rival Contra Costa College could have drawn level on points should the Comets have won […]

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Short films spur mental health talks

12:00 AM

Mental health and mental health disorders plague the daily lives of so many people. Mental health can determine a person’s well-being and/or mental stability and can shape how we view the world. It is socially constructed and socially defined. The “Art With Impact” project helped to bring awareness about these issues and more through “Dinner and Movies,” a mental health seminar that Laney College hosted on Oct. 29. A total of 78 students and other interested people attended the event. “Mental health is a universal issue that affects all of us”, Art With Impact’s Ski Christianson said. Christianson who facilitated […]

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

In a society still clashing on issues of race, sexuality, Ericka Huggins offers insight on social justice Armed with a calm demeanor and a kind smile, former Black Panther Ericka Huggins spoke to Laney’s Perspectives on Racism class Oct. 30 to share her wisdom on race, gender roles, and education. The class, instructed by Alicia Caballero, had recently finished readings in “Want to Start a Revolution?”, a book profiling 16 women and their contributions to progressive social movements from the 1920s to today. “If you believed the media you would think that only men forwarded social movements,” said Huggins. Huggins, […]

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Alameda volleyball in first place

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Alameda volleyball in first place

Thompson credits recruiting for Cougars’ success If there is one reason for the unprecedented success of the women’s volleyball team at the College of Alameda, it comes down to one word: Recruiting. The Cougars are currently atop the Bay Valley Conference standings with an 11-0 record and 17-4 mark overall. It is the best record of any Peralta women’s volleyball team ever. “It comes down to recruiting,” said head coach Linda Thompson, who is in her 10th year as head coach at COA.  “We started to make a real effort about three years ago to bring some players here and […]

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Experts explain the Affordable Care Act

12:00 AM
From left: California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, NAACP Region Coordinator Gayle Akins, Asian Health Services CEO Sherry Hirota, and Alameda Alliance for Health CEO Ingrid Lamirault serving on a panel discussion at a community health fair at Laney College on Sept. 28, 2013.

In preparation for the final throes of the Affordable Care Act, which requires all Americans to have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, a health fair on the Laney College campus invited members of the community to have their questions about the future of healthcare answered. The act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, requires insurance companies to offer comprehensive coverage to all citizens, including those with preexisting conditions. California has continuously pioneered America’s healthcare coverage assistance programs with Covered California (CC), a state agency providing “objective information” about every participating healthcare provider, according to the NAACP’s Gayle Akins, who coordinates […]

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Students learn digitally

12:00 AM
Renita Pitts (left) and Stacey Kayden (right) show off their latest star pupil, Ty'johnson Syke, who scored a perfect 100% on his math exam after enrolling in the Smartxt program.

Kayden integrates tech into independent study Student coordinator Renita Pitts hooked her arm around the shoulders of student Ty’johnson Sykes in an embrace after he presented his graded math assignment. Earning 100 percent with a steadily rising grade in the class, Pitts deemed Sykes a perfect example of their award-winning learning assistance program, “Smartxt.” Acknowledging the success of the program, Laney College Learning Specialist Stacey Kayden received an award for professional excellence at the annual conference for the California Association of Post-secondary Education and Disability (CAPED) in Los Angeles, Oct. 14. Kayden, Pitts, and student mentor Kim Cael introduced “Smartpens” […]

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Budgets, stipends discussed for ASLC

12:00 AM

Josefina Baltodano, the interim vice-president of student services, brought news of potential stipends for student volunteers, to the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) meeting Thursday, Oct. 31. She said giving stipends for volunteer work is standard at other schools, and obtaining them for Laney students is one of her goals. Baltodano, who usually works at the University of California, Berkeley, (UCB), has been acting as Laney’s VP of student services since April. She said her time in the position will end once it is permanently filled, and she invited students seeking to transfer to UCB to contact her for […]

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