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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

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    Dire results of understaffing

    While answering the question “why are the Laney facilities so jacked up?” college community members largely express, with regret, understanding that custodial and maintenance positions are underfunded and therefore understaffed. 
    In such an environment it becomes more difficult to gauge accountability because there is an expectation that (certainly) everything will not be taken care of. 
    Understaffing of custodian and maintenance personnel, however, does not account for why Laney didn’t have a plan for Saturday students to access restrooms, an example of (limited) resources not being applied with students in mind. 
    Another example is almost delivered as a punch-line by faculty who don’t care what floor they take the administrative tower elevator to, “As long as it’s the sixth floor or higher, because the higher you go the cleaner it gets.” 
    Nobody should have to trek up to the top floors of the administrative tower in order to find a clean restroom, but maybe we should all enjoy the cleaner tower restrooms until all restrooms are just as clean. We could go further and take from the example of UC Berkeley students who are leaving jars of urine in administrators’ hallways in protest of facilities needs not being met.
    Even more inexcusable is when the district and college violate their contract with faculty by assigning them to teach in classrooms that do not have enough work stations. I have been in a computer class with more students than computers, and many students have shared a similar experience. My classmates and I were urged to drop the class and take it at another time, without thought of its impact on students’ eligibility for things like financial aid, EOPS, grants and scholarships. 
    This article of The Tower features quotes from both faculty and administration who, in different ways, touch on the prevailing notion of Laney getting by, but it doesn’t take going far from campus to see a billboard or bus stop advertisement that touts the slogan “Laney Works For Me!” 
    Every time I read it I think, “Meh. It works,” but even then I wonder if it’s true or is this place broken?

    Inés Colón is a Tower co-editor. Email her at inesatlaney(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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