Spring 2008 Issue

May 25, 2008

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News
Black Caucus Conference held at El Camino College
The Black Caucus of the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC) held its 10th Annual Black Caucus Leadership Conference (ABCLC), “Sankofa: Honoring our Past, Celebrating the Present, Building our Future,” February 15–16 at El Camino College.

West African drum stolen from BSU room
A West African “djembe,” hand drum was reported stolen at 4:41 p.m. Wed. Jan. 23 from room 403 in the Laney Student Center.

Features
Laney work-study disparities revealed
There are 300 jobs for students on campus annually, including about 100 Federal Work-Study positions. According to data from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, there are disparities among who gets FWS positions at Laney.

Of the 95 students at Laney who received FWS positions on campus 2006-2007, 73 were Asian. While African-Americans represent almost an equal portion of Laney's population compared to Asians, African-Americans received only 16 FWS allotments.

Paul Robeson remembered
To honor the 110th anniversary of the life of Paul Robeson, the City of Oakland is displaying artifacts and memorabilia of his many accomplishments called, "A Hero For All Time."

Health
BSU organizes HIV/AIDS testing
In the interest of the health and well being of students, the Laney Black Student Union (Laney BSU) organized free and confidential HIV/AIDS screening Nov. 14 on the fourth floor of the Student Center.

Culture
Fourth Annual 'Say it Loud' Fashion Show
The Laney Black Student Union (BSU) hosted the 4th annual 'Say it Loud' 70s/Hip Hop Fashion Show Feb. 2 in Laney College Theater.

Arts
'The Black Hour' Radio Show
The Black Hour is an internet radio show, organized by members of the Laney Black Student Union (BSU), airing online at 9th Floor Radio through Peralta TV.

Soul & Unity Festival
On May 7, the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) hosted the Soul & Unity Festival on the quad.

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival
In honor of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), the East Side Arts Alliance (ESAA) held the eighth Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival Saturday May 17 at San Antonio Park in East Oakland.

The Rhythm Within
On May 22, the Laney Dance Department hosted its annual showcase, "The Rhythm Within."

Opinion
Black History is more than 28 days
There is a running joke within the Black community about Black history month that; again, we received the short end of the stick since February usually has only 28 days.




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