Residency triggers community duty

By Liliana Marquez Mike Sanchez arrived in this country when he was only three months old without knowing that later on, his personality would be a great way to communicate and be the voice of others. Sanchez arrived from Mexico as a child and soon developed a dynamic personality that allowed him to become a great communicator. Raised by his mother, along with three brothers and one sister, he believes that…

September 22, 2011
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Husky Store employee retires

September 22, 2011

By Ruth Caloca After 42 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Christina Gaytan, Husky Store cashier, is saying goodbye to ELAC. Gaytan was first employed on Oct. 17, 1969, as a food service supervisor at age 18, while attending classes. She moved up over the years to fill different positions until her current one. She attended school to major in business management. Yet, her career did not go as…

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Moreno changes ELAC for the best

    By Edgar Lopez “Students walked in darkness,” said Dennis Sanchez, an instructor at East Los Angeles College, as he compared ELAC before Ernest H. Moreno, the former president, was hired. “I remember that there were tall weeds just about everywhere on campus, poor lighting, poor work conditions for teachers,” said Sanchez, who has been at ELAC as long as Moreno has. It was nearly 18 years ago since Moreno took the role of president. Moreno said there was a lot…

September 14, 2011
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Student quits culinary job, decides to major in science

By Rosie Chamuryan Lisa Watanabe, 23, is one of two East Los Angeles College students who were awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Watanabe is a resident of Monterey Park and a graduate of Mark Keppel High School. She decided to return to school and pursue a degree in science three years after finishing culinary school. Watanabe was working in restaurants as a line cook and daytime kitchen manager. “Restaurant…

May 18, 2011
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Aviles achieves academic goals despite complications

May 18, 2011

By Maria Gonzalez Within three weeks, Christian Aviles went from being the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship to a homeless man walking the streets with his family. They have since found another place to live, and Aviles is again able to focus on the studies that led him to the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship. After he was awarded the scholarship, Aviles’s family was homeless for about one…

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Students duel each other with popular card game

May 18, 2011

  By Erik Luna Behind the F5 building and other corners around campus, a variety of Elans gather to play a card game almost daily. For these students, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game goes well beyond the complexities of poker or blackjack. It presents opportunities to compete in intense strategic duels and trade precious commodities. The card game provides Elans with a hobby that tests their skills and engrosses them in…

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A journey through ‘The Strip’

By Edgar Lopez   There is no special meaning to East Los Angeles College’s main vein, the walkway between the E3 and E5 buildings. Students constantly hurry through it to get to class or to go home. It is merely a walkway. There are countless walkways around the world. What makes ELAC’s so special? I didn’t know or care to know until my editor suggested it would make a good…

April 7, 2011
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Trainer finds funny bone

February 15, 2011

By Edgar Lopez Laughter roared from inside the VIP entrance of ELAC’s Weingart Stadium. It did not originate as a reaction to a blooper on the field but from a small crowd gathered around an ELAC athletic trainer. It was the small comedy skit of Diane Stankevitz, also known as Di Stanky, which caused the laughter amongst the crowd. Whether reciting a joke from an episode of “Friends” or telling…

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