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

The Citizen

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

The Citizen

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
Eliot Faine, Staff Writer • May 15, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 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
Community questions accepted until midnight tonight
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • May 13, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

    Briefings: Peralta this month and next

    Peralta News Briefings

    Climate Change

    Laney Geography Instructor Greg Schwartz brought his students to Lake Merritt last month where more than 8,000 people marched for climate change.

    Two financial literacy workshops were held at BCC this month, aimed to supply students with resources and advice for personal finance planning and paying for college. Sponsored by the USE Credit Union in Berkeley, they are currently exploring holding additional events at other Peralta campuses.

    Laney Talent goes unnoticed

    Laney Talent

    Laney College held “Laney Out Loud: Dreamers & Dancers,” a talent show on March 18 in the Theater. Very few audience members were present, likely due to ineffective marketing as the event was advertised only the day before the show.

    Sunday March 22 Oakland held its 6th annual Running Festival. According to Oakland’s new mayor Libby Schaff, the festival generates 12 million dollars in economic activity for the city. See photo essay, page 5.

    Community College of San Francisco Faculty Union held a panel at Laney on March 17 to spread awareness around recent accreditation controversy. After a lawsuit pointing to unfair practices by the ACCJC, CCSF will need to meet all of its goals in order to receive its accreditation.

    Laney culinary

    Laney College Culinary Arts students Fernanda Moura and Mayra Reyes flank Chef David Jones, who guided them to a silver medal in the California American Culinary Federation Student Competition State Finals in San Francisco.

    Upcoming Events

    Berkeley City College Latin American Club will be holding a celebration of Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Day on March 26 from 12:15 to 1:15. Held at the basement level of BCC, the event will include a short presentation, food, and entertainment.
    Post a selfie; win an iPad
    Laney College’s Learning Assessment Committee wants to give away an iPad and draw student attention to the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). See printed newspaper for details and instructions.
    Community Art
    Merritt College Art Students’ Association is presenting its 16th annual “Show of Merritt” from March 23 through May 8 at the Peralta Community College District Offices. The Opening Reception will be held Friday March 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

    The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland is presenting a quilt exhibit in the Laney College Library through April 30. The event coincides with the library’s Women’s History Month Exhibit which runs until the end of March.

    Peralta’s Office of Human Resources will be holding workshops at the district office for staff on: “City of Oakland Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Law.” Two workshops will be held for administrators and managers on 4/20 at 3:00 pm and 4/22 at 2:30 pm, and two for employees 4/21 at 8:30 am and 4/23 at 10:30 am. Additional workshops will be held at each college in May and June.

    Two members of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown Trickey and Dr. Terrence Roberts will be speaking at the Oakland Marriot City Center on April 11 at 7 pm. The event is part of a lecture series co-produced by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College. Call 510–434–3988 to RSVP.

    Mary Roach

    New York Times best selling author Mary Roach will be hosting a Q&A at the Laney College Forum on April 8 from 6–9 pm. Roach is known for her humorous non-fiction writing on popular science topics.

    Berkeley City College Science/Biology Department will be hosting STEM career lunchtime talks, “Coding and Big Data: Tools For Solving Environmental Problems,” April 7 and “Climate Change: Effects on Microbial Biodiversity and Society,” April 21. Both talks begin at 12:15 in room 431.

    ASLC student elections will be held at Laney College in April. Keep an eye out for more information on campus.
    Let us know what events are coming up on your campus!
    Email laneytower(at)

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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