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KPFA official tracks changing face of the media, BART strikes

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Aileen Alfandary of KPFA radio came to discuss media coverage and the recent BART strikes with students in the introduction to journalism class on Oct. 31. Alfandary is a co-director and newscaster for KPFA, which provides alternative news coverage through shows like “Democracy Now.” KPFA is a part of the Pacifica Radio Foundation, which has stations based in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Houston as well as Berkeley. In her visit to the Introduction to Journalism class Alfandary asked students to examine the Bart strike that took place last month and talk about “How the media covered the […]

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

Associated Press writer Terry Collins visited the Introduction to Journalism class Oct. 29 to share his experiences as a writer for the world’s oldest and largest news agency. Collins spoke in depth on the recent BART strike, which he had been covering, detailing the ins and outs of writing on such a broad topic. Persistence and a blanket approach to choosing interview subjects were Collins’ methods to gaining as much information from the widest range of people as possible. “You could see the…anger from us, you know, riders and everyday people. All walks of life.  That was really interesting,” said […]

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The Beautiful Game turns ugly in the Qatari deserts

October 24, 2013 4:36 PM

I’ve never really trusted anything labeled “supreme” (unless immediately followed by the word “pizza”), and the “Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee” is no exception. Charged with oversight and coordination of Qatar’s ongoing World Cup project, the committee is ultimately responsible for what The Guardian newspaper has recently called “slave labor” working conditions. In reports revealed by several of the paper’s correspondents, a host of labor violations has been unearthed, not least of which is the death of at least 44 migrant workers toiling in forced labor conditions. The workers, primarily from Nepal, are recruited by less than reputable agencies and then […]

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Laney keeps running and winning

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Laney running back Tony Parnell (1) follows Wendell Taiese (78) against West Hills College.

Eagles take fourth straight; to play at Chabot The Laney College football team keeps on running and keeps on winning. For the fourth game in a row (all victories), the host Eagles ran for over (or close to) 200 yards, gaining 195 rushing yards in a 35-13 victory over West Hills College of Coalinga on Oct. 18 to win their Golden Gate Conference opener. The Eagles’ next game is against rival Chabot College in Hayward on Saturday, Oct. 26. Game time is 6 p.m. Laney and the Gladiators finished as co-champions of the GGC last season, both with 3-1 records. […]

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‘The Fifth Estate’ doesn’t assuage Assange

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(From left) Cumberbatch, Vikander, Brühl, and Beyer have a collective squint session.

In the apparent cloak and dagger world of online reporting, it is apparently difficult to know the truth. Evidently, equally difficult is turning such activities into a film that feels even half as compelling as the story upon which it is based. “The Fifth Estate,” directed by Bill Condon and R.J. Cutler, is the ethically ambivalent dramatization of the famous, or infamous depending on your perspective, Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Not that ethical ambivalence is necessarily a negative when it comes to cinema, but here it just falls flat. Instead of a compelling docudrama and thriller, 124 minutes […]

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‘Life is Living’ celebrates art and community

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Local artists compete in the Estria Graffiti battle during the 'Life is Living' festivities at DeFremery Park.

Thousands gathered at DeFremery Park to celebrate and contribute to Oakland’s annual “Life is Living” festival. The festival, held on Oct. 12, was meant to bring together Oakland residents and raise awareness for important issues in the Oakland community. The festival hosted a graffiti competition, local hip-hop artists, skateboard and BMX competitions, a freestyle rap battle, and renowned performers Dead Prez and The John Santos Sextet. “We wanted something that reflected the brown people of west Oakland, that reflected those of us working hard in schools and other institutions and our neighborhoods to create something that validated, reflected, and supported […]

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Opposing Viewpoints: Censorship

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Silencing songs is un-American In a small club in downtown San Francisco there’s a mural of a guy with Uncle Sam’s hand over his mouth painted on the wall. Below them it states, “Censorship is UnAmerican.” And with blurred out rap music dominating nearly all the radio stations and live TV becoming rarer and rarer, censorship is more alive than ever. And maybe it should be. But in America, where speech should be free, is censorship fair and should it exist? While there is a lot of trash talking and degrading garbage that the censors keep hidden, there’s also a […]

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There’s glitter in the air at BCC’s drag show

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Unity Club staff give a Berkeley City College student a makeover.

Newest Unity Club event combines dialogues on gender and identity with entertainment Genders were bent and glitter was shed at the Berkeley City College Gay Straight Alliance club’s drag event on Friday night. With the help of confetti cannons and catchy tunes eight performers from three bay area drag king troupes shared their art with an audience of students, friends, and peers. But the event did more than entertain, it educated and informed those attending and opened up the possibility of gender exploration through fun and interactive stations. The night kicked off with the Rebel Kings of Oakland’s “Total Eclipse […]

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ASLC discusses plans for budget disclosure, Halloween celebration

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Budgets and Halloween baskets were the order of the day when the ASLC met for its regular meeting Oct. 17. The ASLC announced that its budget, which runs into thousands of dollars, would be revised and printed out every two weeks to reflect the changing nature and obligations of student government. No further details were given. The ASLC announced it would hold a Halloween Party from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Student Center. A budget of $500 ($175 for candy) is allotted for the event, and the ASLC hopes to coordinate with the Laney Culinary Club to […]

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Activist Joya speaks out about human rights, responsibility

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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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