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Constitution Day event encourages political involvement on the quad

September 26, 2013 1:32 PM
Dean Marco Menendez on Constitution Day on the quad stressed the importance of staying informed through alternative media.

In an effort to raise awareness and increase student involvement in the political process, several speakers took to the Laney quad on Sept. 17 in celebration of Constitution Day. Featured speakers included Dean of Students Marco Menendez, English instructor Chris Weidenbach, and Laney Classified Senate President James Blake. After a brief introduction by Mark Wilson of the Peralta Student Council, Dean Menendez entered into his discussion, one in which he issued warnings about corporate involvement in the political process. “The best constitution in the world can be manipulated by corporations,” Menendez said, citing the landmark Santa Clara County v. Southern […]

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Laney student allegedly drowns in Lake Shasta

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Friends say Robinson Sok was a selfless, charming and uninhibited in his appreciation for family, friends and classmates.

Laney student Robinson Sok, 18, is believed to have drowned in California’s Lake Shasta on Friday, Sept. 6, although his body has not been recovered.  Sok’s death, the first this year at the lake, was followed two days later, by that of Ken Smith, a diver who was part of the search team looking for his body. Initial reports indicated Sok died while attempting to assist a friend struggling to stay afloat in the water. Sok was said to have been with five friends on a houseboat near the McCloud River arm of the lake around 10:20 a.m. when a […]

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Culinary Arts student awarded $5,000 scholarship

September 12, 2013 4:35 PM
GGRASF scholarship winner Shana Waqia and chef David Jones at the Laney Bistro.

A Laney College culinary student has been awarded an amazing opportunity in the form of a $5,000 transfer scholarship. Shana Waqia was awarded the scholarship on Aug. 15 by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF). She is one of the several students who receive a scholarship from the GGRASF each year.

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Local community garden grows ‘green bonds’

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The newly revamped Laney Garden isn't just for geology students; the college welcomes green thumbs from all over the community.

A joyous potluck took place on the Laney College campus over Labor Day weekend, but it wasn’t because the 2013-2014 school year had begun. It was in celebration of the first ever harvest of the garden started last spring on the Laney campus. Beginning a little over a year ago, Laney partnered with the local office of the International Rescue Community (IRC) on their “New Roots’” program. The project brought together Laney and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI), which uses the land as a community garden where refugees and immigrants can continue their land-based traditions of food […]

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A commuter cyclist’s guide to safe travels

August 29, 2013 4:04 PM
A student cyclists onto the Laney College campus.

Last semester, on the first day of Finals Week, I was returning home from running errands on my ancient Diamondback mountain bike, broken gears and all. Traffic hit a standstill for the gas-guzzlers on 40th Street, but not for me as I rolled out of the bike lane and onto the sidewalk, weaving “gracefully” around pedestrians and ignoring stop signs entirely, “Atomic Dog” blaring through my headphones. I needed to make a left on Adeline to continue home, but to do that, I’d have to barrel through crammed and irritable Monday afternoon traffic to get into the turning lane. Lucky […]

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‘The Butler’ – a generational look at racial bias

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‘The Butler’ – a generational look at racial bias

In “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” title character Cecil Gaines is told there is no room for politics at the White House.  The film, however, portrays a tumultuous journey of over 80 years, chronicling not only Gaines’ life as a White House butler, but the volatile politics of twentieth century America. The film begins with the steady rise of Gaines (Forest Whitaker), an African American, to the role of a White House butler.  He is motivated to leave the Deep South to find a better life for himself and abandon a life filled with turmoil. After finally finding a job, Gaines’ […]

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‘Black August’ — fiction masquerading as history

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‘Black August’ — fiction masquerading as history

“Black August” reveals itself not simply as fiction masquerading as history, but a poorly executed fiction at that. Ostensibly a docudrama, Samm Styles and TCinque Sampson attempt detailing the publication process of George Jackson’s seminal work “Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.” Detailed are the difficulties in publishing the work.  Threats come in from nearly every direction. Pressure is put upon all parties involved in releasing the book, creating a taut pressure cooker of a situation. Throughout the film, Jackson himself is presented as a loquacious chain smoker. Those familiar with the film’s foundational text, from which many […]

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Laney College clear of academic warnings

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Peralta District accreditation is secured, says Chancellor Ortiz Much like the weather, the state of the East Bay’s community colleges is decidedly sunnier than our friends across the bridge. While City College of San Francisco is embroiled in a certification battle with the Accreditation Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)—a battle that was recently joined by the U.S. Department of Education—the Peralta Colleges appear to have found solid footing, according to District Chancellor Dr. Jose Ortiz. “We have certainly completed that hurdle of getting full accreditation to all of our colleges,” he said. “The district came through resolving all the recommendations and we now have full accreditation. It’s part of the fabric of our institution.” Ortiz took […]

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ASLC kicks off the semester

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During the entire week of Aug. 19, Laney College’s Welcome Week raised awareness of clubs, programs and services on campus of popular groups such as EOPS, TRIO and the Asian Student alliance. Student Body President Carl Oliver, along with other members of the ASLC, organized the Welcome Week. One highlight of the event was the presentation and assembly from Laney College president, Elñora Webb. Webb spoke about the quality of ensuring equity on campus and her commitment to the success of the student body. Everyone in attendance appeared to be charged by her vision for Laney. Similarly, Student Body President Carl Oliver is working with a team to initiate a new tutoring program […]

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Laney commemorates 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

August 26, 2013 12:30 PM

Laney students and staff banded together Aug. 28 in the Quad to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Presented by Laney’s Black Student Union, the event’s first half featured music, readings and spoken word poetry detailing the past and current status of civil rights and racial equality in the Bay Area and beyond, as well as chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King’s lasting effect on America’s perspectives on race and diversity. Classified Senate President James Blake, English Instructor Antonio Watkins, and Peralta Colleges Foundation Director Romeo Garcia presented excerpts from King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Communications Chair Dr. Angela Cherry preceded the reading of King’s speech with a call to action for the campus’s […]

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Radio station may add FM

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Campus station registering for local broadcast license Laney College’s 9th Floor Radio may be riding the FM airwaves by the end of the year, thanks to a new FCC bill that allows small-radius radio stations to apply for a broadcasting license. The bill is named the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), and it allows the FCC to license new local stations across the country. The licensees are called Low Power FM stations (LPFMs). An LPFM is a noncommercial radio station which operates at 100 watts of power or less, with a relative radio tower height limit of 30 meters or shorter. Their signal strength radius is usually three to ten miles. These licenses are not available to individuals […]

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