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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

Abigail McMurry, Acting President of Associated Students of Laney College, spoke against last-minute class cancellations at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
Class cancellations, basic needs, and 'flying pigs' at 5/14 meeting for PCCD Trustees
Ian Waters, News Editor • June 1, 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
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
After two years of acting appointments, the College of Alameda will finally fill the presidency with a permanent hire this summer
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

    Briefings: Peralta Colleges: this month and next

    October 15 at Jack London Square
    “SoundWaves: Live Soul & R&B”

    Take in views of the Oakland Estuary and relax with free music sponsored by the East Bay Express and Jack London Square. Meet at Broadway and Embarcadero in downtown Oakland, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Free.

    October 16–17 at Gardens at Lake Merritt
    “Autumn Lights Festival”

    Over 100 local artists. Live music, fire & light dancers. Food trucks, beer and wine.
    Message from the planners: “We are sold out of advance tickets Friday and Saturday! There are still family and VIP tickets on eventbrite. We will have about 300 tickets at the door starting at 7 pm. We are limited by the fire marshall to a total capacity of 3000 per night.”

    October 17 at Berkeley City College
    “Labor Notes Bay Area Troublemakers School”

    Labor and community activists from around the Bay Area coming together for a day of workshops and sessions to hone skills, talk strategy, and build solidarity. Opening session at 9 a.m. Price: $25 regular admission; $15 low income, students. For more info, call Ryan Olds at (503) 421–4538, ryanolds30(a)

    October 21 at Berkeley City College
    “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science
     Behind Pixar Films”, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 at Berkeley City College’s Auditorium

    “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, presented by Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar Studios, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 will examine a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how Pixar Animation Scientists use math and science to save the day! The free and open to the public presentation takes place at Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia Sts. The presentation is free and open to the public but you must reserve your space by visiting
    Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL•E. Most recently, Feinberg completed work as the Director of Photography for Lighting on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning Brave, and is now working on a future Pixar film.

    October 25 at Everett and Jones Barbeque

    Featuring Fania Davis, Jesse Hagopian, Jackie Byers, Cameron Simmons, and Leana Hudson.
    Panelists will discuss their local and national organizing efforts in support of education justice for Black students.
    Presented by Oakland City Councilperson Desley Brooks and Everett and Jones Barbeque, 126 Broadway, Oakland. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. For more information, phone 510.435.0382 or email geraldlenoir(at)

    October 28 at Laney College
    “Campus Equity Week” (Oct. 26–30)

    Watch the recently completed documentary entitled :Freeway Fliers.” The film was done by a part-time faculty member in Southern California, with interviews of part-time faculty members in community colleges across the state.

    The subject matter of the film — the intertwining of teaching and learning within the context of differential employment status — involves all sectors of community colleges — — faculty (of course), students, staff, administrators, trustees. Chancellor Laguerre, as well as the filmmaker, will be in attendance at the screening for a discussion of the film as well as the subject of equity in our corner of the community college world. It would very useful, I think, if faculty members would invite students in their classes (the social sciences, humanities, life and the other sciences, CTE, etc.) to attend, think about the film and participate in the discussion about the issues raised in the film. — Cynthia Mahabir
    2:30 p.m. in the Laney College Forum.

    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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