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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.
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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
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    Why we can’t let Trump pass go

    Nope

    Imagine an oligarch. Imagine a business man so out-of-touch with common society that he has enraged and alienated half of our bordering nations. Imagine a man renown for hypocrisy and hate — the very picture of the “Monopoly Man.” 
    Imagine a billionaire with a hotel in every city, and a private, gold-encrusted 747 at his beck and call. This is the same man who claims to be “tough on China” yet manufactures more items in that country every day. There is no way this campaign is a genuine one. 
    Four years ago, Mitt Romney ran under the “run the country like a business man” ticket and was trounced easily by Obama to win his second term. Now, Donald Trump is runningwith more or less the same platform, albeit with greater name recognition (if at the expense of actual political experience). 
    It would seem more likely that this campaign isn’t genuine at all, but rather a false flag to make his opponents seem reasonable. Trump isn’t a stupid man; that much is clear. Look past his xenophobia and hypocrisy and you’ll see a highly educated man who surrounds himself with the best political advisers that money can buy, and yet he’s still making sweeping generalizations, such as calling Mexicans “rapists” on live television. 
    It would seem, then, that all of his moves are indeed calculated — that he never planned on winning in the first place. Why would one of the richest men on the planet want all of this seemingly negative exposure heaped upon his back? We may never know the answer, or it may reveal itself in time. 
    Keep in mind that until recently, Trump was a registered Democrat, and likely could have done (comparatively) well running with that field. As the polls stand, he is well in front of the GOP — would he have fared so well if he was running against Hillary Clinton as a Democrat? 
    Is his candidacy designed to decrease focus on Clinton, amidst international scandal, in the months before Primary Election season ramps up? I think we can all agree on one thing — the United States would be better off without Donald Trump as President.

    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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