Pathway to Law School program assists students with partnerships

April 18, 2018

By Julio Sanchez The Pathway to Law School program intends to guide and assist students in achieving experience and perspective on what it’s like to have a legal career. It is an official transfer program, which means that when students transfer out of East Los Angeles College, they receive a certificate and a purple sash during the commencement ceremony. They are meant to symbolize that the completion of certain requirements…

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Former university student now heads ASU

April 18, 2018

By Kevin Camargo After serving as a senator, secretary and vice president for the Associated Students Union, Monique Allyson Hernandez is now the President. She found East Los Angeles College as her home, after having trouble finding one. Hernandez attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in the 2014 Spring semester after graduating from Whittier High School. After having financial issues, Hernandez decided to leave MSMU to attend ELAC. “I was going…

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Art Department students make exhibit

March 27, 2018

By Giselle Palomera Art Department students are being featured in the Fahrenheit 2018 Biennial exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona. Chinyi “Peggy” Tai, Zengo Yoshida and Gabriella Padilla, have had their art chosen by a juror to be part of the exhibit. The exhibit features students and 77 other artists from around the world to display their ceramic art. Tai submitted a ceramic art piece titled,…

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Theater alumnus gets big break

March 27, 2018

By Frank Portillo Alumnus Peter Mendoza journeyed from student actor to playing the lead in “Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue” at the Kirk Douglas theater in Los Angeles. In a Los Angeles Times review of the play from theater critic Charles McNulty, Mendoza was said to “raise the emotional stakes for the audience as the young Marine descends into hell.” The actor, however, didn’t end up in his position easily. He…

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Army veteran and student finds career as ghostwriter

March 8, 2018

By Cristal Gomez Army veteran and  student Damien Winter is a ghostwriter for the “Warhammer” book series by Games Workshop. Ghostwriting is when an individual writes for a person or a company anonymously. Winter was deployed in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. During his time in the army, he was part of the first Platoon. To escape what he saw in Afghanistan, Winter began to write down his emotions. He…

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Formerly undocumented Irishman uses past experiences for new job

By Cristal Gomez After teaching on campus for 20 years, native Irishman James Kenny plans on raising transfer rates and creating a safe environment for all students as the new Dean of Language Arts. Before James Kenny became a dean, he was a student at East Los Angeles College where he obtained his Associates Degree in English graduating as Summa Cum Laude. During his time at ELAC, he conducted social…

March 8, 2018
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Communications professor erects artistic home garden

By Melody Ortiz When he’s not teaching communication, professor Kashif Powell tends to his art garden at home. Powell, 33, has gathered art pieces to fill in his backyard garden. The space includes original, remade and purchased pieces. The garden also included plants like rosemary, tomatoes, spinach and more. Powell wants the space to be a place of refuge and expression. “I want it to be a place I can…

March 8, 2018
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Student Discovers Passion for Writing

December 12, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Like many college students, former East Los Angeles College student Joshua Castro, 30, enrolled without any idea of what he wanted to do. “I just knew I was supposed to go to college after high school,” Castro said. However, after the first two years of general education classes and other subjects that peaked his interest, Castro found his passion for writing. He writes and performs his original…

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New Job Skills Development Service Provides

By Roger Roldan Beginning as an idea formulated by two student service counselors in early June, the Job Skills Saturdays service provided at the ELAC campus has been proven to be extremely successful among students in the past several months, said Brent McClair, one of the founding student service counselors. The relatively new school service provides a range of new job opportunities for ELAC students, transfer and regular students alike,…

December 6, 2017
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Executive assistant Barnes to retire after four decades of service

December 6, 2017

By Dorany Pineda After 44 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Olga Barnes will bid farewell to the campus community at the close of this semester. It was in the fall of 1971 when Barnes first stepped foot onto ELAC grounds, just a few months after graduating from Garfield Senior High School in East Los Angeles. As a student here, she was a legal secretary major, a fitting…

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