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Alameda College to Host Fashion Show

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The College of Alameda is home to a very special program that allows students to study clothing design and merchandising. According to program director O.J. Roundtree this affordable program — known as the Apparel Design and Merchandising Program (or ADAM) — is unique in the Bay Area.

This year, graduating students and others will be presenting their latest designs and creations at a fashion show set for 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 14. The event is free and will take place in Building F, 555 Atlantic Ave.

The fashion school hosted off-campus shows for years, but let the tradition go due to budgetary and other issues in 2006. This year marks the College of Alameda’s 40th anniversary, so Roundtree and other decided to bring the event.

The fashion show will feature completed designs by 15 graduating students, designs in progress by other students, and light refreshments, according to Roundtree.

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Only a few fleas at new market

The launch Saturday of a flea market in the parking lot at College of Alameda wasn’t exactly spectacular. Perhaps it was the holiday weekend, perhaps the fog and chill, or the maybe it’s simply too soon for word to have spread, but the sparse number of vendors we’re packing up to leave by 1:30 p.m.

Can’t blame them. As business people, they need customers. In the early afternoon there were very few. As in, maybe six or eight people. Maybe a crowd came in the morning, but if it did, something must have changed significantly in the afternoon.

But, hope springs eternal. A man, who seemed to be a customer, was telling his friend, who seemed to be a vendor (it was so quiet that some vendors were taking breaks away from their booths) that it just needs time.

“It’ll grow,” he said. “More people will hear about it and it’ll catch on.”

It certainly caught on at Laney College, where the same operator runs a swap meet. But there is more competition in Alameda, with yard sales, the monthly antique fair, and thrift and antique shops. While it’s tempting to hark back to the days when hundreds of people roamed around the former drive-in parking lot (now a housing development near Marina Village) bargaining and buying everything from dishes to furniture, our market may just be glutted.

We’ll hope for the best. Interested consumers need to bring a buck to get into the weekly Saturday sale. Maybe next week there will be more interesting items; the opening day mainly offered belts, wallets, purses, food and a sprinkling of used electronic items. If we are to hark back to the thriving flea market of our past, we’ll need more in the way of furniture and other household items.

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College of Alameda prayer lawsuit

Back in December of 2007, two College of Alameda students were disciplined and threatened with expulsion for praying.

From the accounts I’ve read, it sounds like one student was praying with an instructor in an office shared by another instructor and refused to stop at the request of instructor whose office it was. Words were then exchanged between the instructor, the praying student, and the student’s friend. From Peter Hegarty’s Alameda Journal account, Steven Wood the attorney for the students said:

It’s not about money at all, it’s about principle…The students want the district to admit that it was wrong, apologize and recognize that they have the right to take part in nondisruptive prayer.

The story has been covered in the religious press: here and here. In a March 31 ruling, a San Francisco judge denied the College of Alameda’s request to dismiss the case and so it will continue to work its way through the court system.

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New president for College of Alameda

College of Alameda President Cecilia Cervantes, who served as president of the school for six years, has taken a job as president of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota. She is replaced by interim president George Herring, who served as COA president from 1995-2000, as well as in many other capacities for the Peralta Community College District. Herring, 74, has a long history with the district, and will serve until at least June 2010. More details here.