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Free Comic Day celebrates alt artform

May 1, 2014 5:08 PM

On May 1st comic book stores across the globe will be participating in the annual Free Comic Book Day. Since 2002, shops worldwide have been opening their doors and offering free comics in celebration of artists, writers, and comic culture on a whole. As the Free Comic Book Day website states, “Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse story lines that capture the imagination of the readers. That’s worth celebrating in our book.” Whether you are a longtime buff […]

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Classic hero takes on big controversies

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Captain America made his debut as a star-spangled, shield-slinging, Nazi-bashing patriot in the 1940s, a character whose sole purpose was to promote liberty and democracy while dealing solid uppercuts to Hitler and his cronies. Seventy years later, the beloved “Cap” has proved himself an enduring character in American entertainment, and one surprisingly capable of leaving behind outdated governmental chauvinism to tackle contemporary issues of politics and policy. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is another block-busting hit for entertainment mogul Marvel Comics that deals out vehicular mayhem and gratuitous roundhouse kicks en-masse. However, the film does not lack depth and is […]

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3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

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3-D technology exciting on multiple levels

Few technologies are as exciting or promising as 3-D printing. Though 3-D printing has been around since the early 80s, it didn’t come into its own until around 2006. Since then the technology has progressed rapidly, even making its way into people’s homes. In a nutshell, 3-D printing is the creation of a three-dimensional object from a digital file. Just as we create real, paper-and-ink documents from digital ones, 3-D printing uses a variety of methods to translate data files into actual items. All 3-D printing processes use the same basic steps. First a three-dimensional, digital model of the desired […]

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Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

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Microscopy at Merritt: looking deeper

Tucked away in the back room of Merritt College’s Microscopy Laboratory is a piece of machinery whose small stature belies its powerful capacity. Housed in room D247, the laboratory is home to the tabletop TM3000 scanning electron microscope (SEM), which bears a striking resemblance to R2-D2’s kid brother, and its SwiftED3000 attachment. On loan from manufacturer Hitachi, the TM3000 SEM was the focal point of a week-long event from April 21-25 designed to educate and inform the public of the benefit of acquiring a piece of research equipment which, according to laboratory technician Peter Werner, might one day make its […]

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Un-necessary Extravagance

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Oakland is characterized by flat grounds with direct routes to almost anywhere you need to go, an ideal haven for bicyclists. However, there are few streets in Oakland that have sufficient bike lanes, which makes it difficult for cars and bicyclists to safely share the road. Telegraph Avenue is an important street in Oakland and Berkeley; it contains, separates, and connects many parts of Oakland, including Downtown, West Oakland, Uptown Oakland, Lake Merritt, North Oakland, and continues all the way to the top of the slight slope to connect Oakland with Berkeley. Ideally, bicyclists should be able to take this […]

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New resources bring distinction to Peralta

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During my coursework in the Peralta District I happened upon a remarkable opportunity. At the end of Professor Peter Old’s Chem 1B course at College of Alameda, he presented his project and I was extended an invitation to participate. A mass extinction event closed the Cretaceous Period. The end of the dinosaurs is theorized to have come as a result of a meteorite impact. Today an approximately 66-million-year old layer of clay remains well preserved in parts of the world, sandwiched between older and younger layers. This is the K-Pg boundary, and locked within are clues to this ancient mystery. […]

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ASLC Town Hall Meeting focuses on environmental sustainability

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Peralta Trustee Nicky González Yuen said enlightening students about environmental sustainability should be a key part of general education classes throughout the district. His remarks were delivered at the ASLC’s April 23 Town Hall Meeting in the Forum. Laney geography instructor Mark Rauzon also participated in the discussion entitled “Sustainability Movements.” Mark Corbett Wilson Laney’s representative to the Peralta Student Council, moderated the discussion. Wilson’s casual style, combined with the lack of a PA system, encouraged an intimate atmosphere during the discussion. González Yuen, who also teaches Political Science at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, started off the main […]

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Ortiz cancels ‘Partners’ contract

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Consultants use ‘Oz’ book for culture change Peralta Community College District Chancellor José M. Ortiz announced on April 28th that the District’s contract with consulting firm Partners In Leadership (PIL) has been nullified after months of debate and controversy. Peralta intended to bring in the PIL firm to help “change the culture” at the schools, creating a more efficient learning environment for both students and faculty. However the decision to sign a three-year contract and pay $315,500 to bring PIL and its accountability training to the Peralta district was met with dispute by teachers, faculty, and students alike. The greatest […]

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Bowens educates through art as part of Steingart Gallery exhibit

April 10, 2014 11:00 PM
Bowens educates through art as part of Steingart Gallery exhibit

Artist Milton Bowens of Oakland met with Mr. Conley, vice president, and Chardonnae Carter, secretary of the Black Student Union on April 3, at Laney College; June Steingart Gallery. Bowens is an Oakland native, and his portfolio states that he tactfully put a slim strip of brown paper bag on all his art to connect to his modest past as an artist. Bowens said, “The most important dimension of painting lives in the zones of silence, emotions, and mystery created by the forms, the lines, the colors, the materials, the brushstroke, and the frailties forged by chance. “No one would […]

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ALSC election results

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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

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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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