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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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    Tower Watch — First impressions of Laney

    Piles of hosing, bags and trash almost block an entrance near the Art Building.

    The chair of the Art Department, Anna Vaughan, returned to campus Jan. 16 and was dismayed with what she found.

    “There (was) garbage scattered everywhere (at the art building) — plus graffiti and a fire pit,” she wrote in an email to Laney administrators.

    Vaughan pointed out that this area of the campus is highly visible to the public who use the walkway around Lake Merritt, possibly their first view of Laney, “giving the impression that Laney is not a safe or clean place to attend classes.”

    Vaughan said that she and other faculty and students reported the condition of the art building last year but were not taken seriously.

    “We desperately need security and more grounds keepers,” she said.

    More trash and personal items liter the walkways of the arts compound.

    Vaughan got a positive response recently from Amy Marshall, director of facilities and college operations.

    “Amy responded quickly and has been very helpful,” Vaughan added.

    There is also the issue of room 135 in the Art Center.

    “I have requested that it be cleaned throughout the semester,” Vaughn wrote, “and I have repeatedly informed the college of the cancer-causing danger of having dusty floors.”

    Vaughan submitted photos with her email and, thanks to Marshall’s response, remains hopeful.

    Anything broken or in need of attention at your campus? Contact the Tower at (510) 464–3460, email [email protected] or visit the newsroom in G-233 at Laney College.

    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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