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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Staff Writer Desmond Meagley stands in the very spot where a security guard confronted him last month: the doorway of the men’s restroom in the Laney College Library. Meagley, who is transgender, tried to report the incident, but reached a dead end when an administrator told him he would need the security guard’s name.
The Catch-22 in AP 3435, Peralta's Harassment Protocol
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • May 20, 2024
In light of recent news about the Nex Benedict case, Staff Writer Desmond Meagley decided to hold his school accountable for an incident of discriminatory harassment by campus security.
Social Media Editor Isabelly Sabô stands in front of the door to The Citizens newsroom. Sabô is an international student from Brazil.
We’re not just ‘rich kids on vacation’: The journey of an international student
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • May 5, 2024
The search for a permanent president of the College of Alameda is down to three candidates. William “Terry” Brown (left), Melanie Dixon (middle), and Rebecca “Becky” Opsata will respond to community questions at public forums on Thursday. (Photo courtesy: PCCD)
CoA's next president is one of these three college leaders
Community feedback on the candidates is due midnight tonight
Desmond Meagley and Ivan Saravia May 21, 2024
Armando Franco, BCCs new MESA Program Director, sits at his desk in a corner of the MESA center at BCC. The new program will offer support for low-income, first-generation students in STEM.
BCC’s new MESA director hopes to instill confidence in students
Armando Franco reflects on journey from first-generation college student to experienced mentor
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024
Laney College Baseball held a naming ceremony April 26 for its stadium, now called the Tom Pearse Diamond. The name change was approved by the Peralta Board of Trustees at its April 23 meeting. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
Laney names baseball stadium, FabLab to relocate and more at 4/23 meeting for PCCD trustees
May 15, 2024
The search for a permanent president of the College of Alameda is down to three candidates. William “Terry” Brown (left), Melanie Dixon (middle), and Rebecca “Becky” Opsata will respond to community questions at public forums on Thursday. (Photo courtesy: PCCD)
Finalists for CoA President unveiled
May 13, 2024
As College of Alameda searches for a new president, The Citizen searched for one of the colleges former presidents. The late Jeanette Poore was the first woman to lead a community college in California.
CoA's mystery woman: The forgotten legacy of the first female community college president in California
May 13, 2024
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
May 13, 2024
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
May 6, 2024
PCCDs classified employees pose for a pic at the first-ever professional development day for classified professionals. PCCD Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson reflected on the event in her report to the Board of Trustees. (Source: PCCD)
Peralta’s leadership search, CCC public safety earmark, and “rumors” discussed at 4/9 meeting of PCCD Trustees
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • April 24, 2024
VC of General Services retires
VC of General Services retires
Eliot Faine, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024
San Mateo district passes on Besikof
San Mateo district passes on Besikof
Li Khan, Editor in Chief • April 15, 2024
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
April 24, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
March 19, 2024
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez, who was sworn onto the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on Dec. 12, 2023, sees her role as an opportunity to uplift her fellow students and advocate for the value of a community college education.
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez aims to lift voices and empower students at PCCD
February 28, 2024
Childhood photo of Burgess
Tea with Tamara: Drew Burgess, art faculty at College of Alameda
February 21, 2024
New district chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson delivered an impassioned speech introducing herself to PCCD at Spring 2024 Flex Day. Other keynote speeches, performances, info sessions, and trainings were held throughout the day. (Photo: Faiza Ali/PCCD)
Spring semester kicks off at districtwide Flex Day
January 31, 2024
Tony Claar, an animation instructor at Laney College, passed away at 74. (Photo: Li Khan/The Citizen)
At annual student artwork showcase, Graphic Arts Department honors recently deceased instructor
January 24, 2024
Izzie Villanueva sits at their laptop in BCCs Basic Needs Center, scanning student IDs into a database to track Basic Needs usage. (Photo courtesy: Izzie Villanueva)
The Basics on Izzie Villanueva, BCC's first Basic Needs Coordinator
December 15, 2023
Meet Peraltas student leaders
Meet Peralta's student leaders
December 13, 2023
Tea with Tamara: Mark Rauzon, biogeographer and Laney Instructor
Tea with Tamara: Mark Rauzon, biogeographer and Laney Instructor
December 11, 2023
(Graphic: Li Khan/The Citizen. Photo courtesy of Laney College)
Q&A with incoming chancellor
December 3, 2023
Sunshine Week 2024: Spotlighting public records
Sunshine Week 2024: Spotlighting public records
March 17, 2024
As the news cycle churns on and current events beg for our attention, some public records that we obtain inevitably end up collecting dust in the corner. In honor of Sunshine Week, we’ve decided to dust off some of those records, and shed light on public information.
The UC Berkeley chapter of End Overdose at Sproul Plaza in Berkeley on Jan. 23, 2024. The organization passes out free fentanyl test strips to students, and gives other organizations training on Narcan usage. (Photo: Juliana Yamada/CalMatters)
Narcan at California colleges: Are students getting overdose medication?
March 8, 2024
A California required campus health centers at public colleges and universities to arm students with free Narcan, but not all have followed suit.
(Graphic by Li Khan/The Citizen)
Laney’s Tower of Terror
December 28, 2023
Three separate reports were made to The Citizen in November about a Laney Tower elevator malfunctioning with passengers inside. The college announced Dec. 4 that the Tower elevators would "remain offline until further notice."
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