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‘Project’ unearths supressed reporting

February 13, 2014 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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KPFA official tracks changing face of the media, BART strikes

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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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