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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

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



    Safety, student services, and campus conditions compromised at Laney College — and beyond


    Over the years, the Laney Tower has regularly conducted a feature called “Tower Watch,” in which we brought to your attention something that needed fixing at Laney College.

    Over time, we noticed that these problems persisted; repairs weren’t getting made, and Laney became more BROKEN.

    No campus is perfect, but what does it say when one campus in a district — the campus in the most diverse and economically disadvantaged area in the district — is the most in need of repairs, fixes, and funding?

    GrafittiWe know Laney College is not alone. For example, at Berkeley City College, the cuts to the free English tutoring program has left many students with nowhere to go for help with their writing. In our April 7 issue, we covered Part 1 of this story — you can read Part 2 of our investigation here.

    We expect our coverage of these problems to prompt action on behalf of the district. If you know of any problems at your school that we should investigate, please contact us at laneytower(at) or call us at (510) 464–3460.
    On Feb. 4, in the first issue of the Spring 2016 semester, we reported on the Laney Student Center break-in that left its ATM unusable.BrokenAs of the printing of this issue, these and many other problems continue to plague Laney College, Merritt College, Berkeley City College, and College of Alameda.

    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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