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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

Abigail McMurry, Acting President of Associated Students of Laney College, spoke against last-minute class cancellations at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
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Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
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Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
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Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer • May 23, 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
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    RIP Wes Craven

    I was a bit of a strange child growing up. I had a love of fear that a lot of other kids just couldn’t understand. 
    A good scary story was unadulterated joy to my young ears. I still love the tickling feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re on the edge of a seat, biting your nails and frantically whispering at a doomed character to run or hide. 
    Wes Craven knew exactly how to stir up those sensations. Known to be a true master of horror, Craven passed away Aug. 30 at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home.
    The renowned horror writer and director lost his battle with brain cancer, but his haunting tales will live on eternally in the nightmare-riddled minds of many spooked, sleepless souls. 
    Some of the most iconic characters and images in modern horror were born in the mind of Craven. Among his most widely received and acclaimed films are “The Last House on the Left,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” and both the “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” sagas. He inspired countless retellings, reboots, and renditions of his frightening films.
    Craven’s films aren’t just scary, they are examinations of the very medium in which they play out, often raising the question of “what is real?” From Freddy Krueger’s clawed hands reaching right out of your nightmares to grab you, to the killer’s obsession with horror films in the horror film “Scream,” there is always a tinge of uncertainty about where that elusive fourth wall actually ends.
     Craven was an artist in the realm of horror. His passing leaves me, and many others, both heartbroken and filled with renewed inspiration to go forth and create while we still have the gift of time. 
    “Gone, but not forgotten,” the old saying goes. Wes Craven’s works will persist, burned into the minds of those who would dare to be scared.
    Kit Berry is a Tower staff writer. Email her at happycowsmmmmcheese(at)gmail.com.

    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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