New dean aims to give back to students

November 15, 2017

By Julio Sanchez With just a few weeks into her new position as the interim dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Mercedes Yanes is already planning ways to contribute to East Los Angeles College and its community in a positive way. Yanes is a first-generation immigrant from Cuba. She left her home when she was six years old while her mother was pregnant with her sister. “I remember leaving…

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Counselor to dedicate more time at ELAC after retirement

November 15, 2017

By Eddie Mike Garcia Vocational counselor with the California Department of Rehabilitation in El Monte, Robert Michael Barrios, has assisted East Los Angeles College students with disabilities with financial aid. Barrios has helped individuals with disabilities for 14 years through the DOR and has focused the last four years helping students enrolled in ELAC’s Disabilities, Support Programs and Services (DSPS) office. Barrio’s efforts and hard work have enabled ELAC students…

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Student finds new home at ELAC

November 15, 2017

By Frank Portillo After living a closeted life in foster youth, student worker Jaci Cortez now assists others as part of the Dream Resource Center staff. Her biological mother is an undocumented citizen from Guatemala and was deported for drug charges when Cortez was 4. Since she was born in the U.S., she was placed in foster care. At age 5, she was adopted by a family, but ran away…

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Former Husky trains to represent Mexico in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

November 5, 2017

By Noe Ortega Passion and dedication is what drives former East Los Angeles College student Laura Aceves who plans on representing Mexico by competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “I feel confident, it’s a lot of work and I know there are a lot of athletes out there trying their best to make it, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Aceves said. “I believe that I…

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Physics and Astronomy club explores depths of the universe

November 5, 2017

By Joe Dargan Some people look to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars. To the East Los Angeles College Physics and Astronomy Club, founded in 2010, the sky is an infinite source of information, a vast, ever-expanding playground that reveals its treasures to those who are dedicated. “During our club meetings we try to show our club members everything about physics like experiments, demonstrations, seminars and…

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From Myanmar to Congress, student strives for change

By Dorany Pineda The indigenous Rohingya people of Myanmar are described by many to be the most persecuted people in the world. Maung Nu, 32, is one of them. A political science student at East Los Angeles College, Nu was very lucky to have received his visa to study in the United States. “After I finish, I want to help my people, my country,” Nu said. Nu is a member of…

November 5, 2017
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The Avalanche heard ‘round ELAC Campus

October 25, 2017

By Julie Santiago For most college students, becoming the school’s mascot is not their first choice for an extracurricular activity. For Melissa Ann Sawyer though, it was. At 5 feet 3 inches, the yellow-haired Sawyer had no problem picturing herself in a large, gray fluffy suit. East Los Angeles College’s newest official mascot has appeared at more football and school events since becoming Avalanche, the Husky mascot, last semester. “They…

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Artist’s love for cartoon inspired his newly-created mural

October 4, 2017

By Frank Portillo Student David Queponds has been using the E3 building as a canvas for his chalk artwork this semester. Currently, the artwork features characters from his favorite television show titled “Rick and Morty.” The animated sci-fi comedy shows the smartest scientist in the universe, Rick, taking his grandson Morty on wild adventures deeply embedded in the best aspects of science fiction. The characters are used to putting their…

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Students Against Substance Abuse club encourages healthy living

By Julio Sanchez The Students Against Substance Abuse club is committed to saving lives, empowering individuals and strengthening communities by raising awareness on the effects of substance abuse and addiction. Substance abuse is a problem that has affected millions of people worldwide and has caused health and social problems for the abuser, as well as for the people close to them. Substance abuse can occur with drugs like heroin, cocaine…

October 4, 2017
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From man of the house to ASU president

October 4, 2017

By Joe Dargan The neatly kept and cozy offices of the Associated Student Union are a far cry from Oscar Cruz’s humble beginnings. While looking down the barrel of a handgun in 2015, Cruz, 21, had to make a decision. Does he give up the borrowed laptop he’s been using to continue his education online, while working four jobs to support his family, or does he risk his life to…

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