Husky legend plays professional ball

By Alfonso Rivera   Professional basketball player and former Husky, Steve Monreal, is living his lifelong dream.  Growing up in East Los Angeles, Monreal played football, baseball, and  basketball. It was on the hardwood where he found his niche. Monreal began playing basketball at the age of eight at Obregon Park in East Los Angeles. As a freshman at Garfield High School, Monreal was called up to the varsity team during the…

May 16, 2012
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Band has a vendetta for music

By Martha Raya Team Vendetta, a band whose name reflects all the struggles and hardships that the band members have encountered, has managed to stay positive and focused on what their hearts desire, which is to change the course of their lives through music. This local band consists of bassist and vocalist Erik Gonzales, Drummer and vocalist Diego Javier and guitarist and vocalist Andrew Gastelum. Team Vendetta was officially formed…

May 16, 2012
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Young painter controls artistic brush strokes with her toes

By Maxine Casillas As she lays her paintbrush against a paper, her muscles relax. It’s typical to think that her fingers are doing the magic, but in reality it’s her toes. As a young girl, Lexis Barragan was always seen with a pencil and paper in hand, along with her box of 12 Crayola crayons and paint set. “You would rarely see me without them,” Barragan said. Out of all of her…

May 16, 2012
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Child Development teacher set to retire

By Toya Bailey After being employed at East Los Angeles College since 1975, Child Development Center teacher Linda Irene Jimenez is retiring. As a young child, Jimenez remembers playing school with her sisters and cousins all the time. Jimenez had influential teachers through most of her elementary and high school years, which ultimately gave her the urge to become a teacher. While studying early childhood development at ELAC and taking a…

May 16, 2012
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ELAC band leader brings music to campus

By Gabriela Chavez From working as a band director and applied music instructor at Cerritos College, Jesus “Chuy” Martinez gradually became a full-time teacher at East Los Angeles College. This professor of music completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in jazz, from the University of Southern California. Martinez worked for seven years as the band director for the marching band, concert percussion ensemble, beginning strings, orchestra,…

May 16, 2012
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Hollywood brings revenue to ELAC

By Amanda Galindo Recently being hired to East Los Angeles College, Ernest Burnett works hard with administration to bring revenue to ELAC. Burnett serves as a college event and venue coordinator for the school and his position helps bring in revenue by bringing events to the campus such as film and television productions and holding corporate events. Not wanting to become a struggling writer, he decided to move to Los Angeles…

May 16, 2012
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Professor Griffin to retire, encourages educational pursuit

By Grace Key Frank Griffen, a social science instructor at East Los Angeles College, is to retire at the end of spring semester. “After 41 years of teaching, it’s time to give it up,” he said. Coming to ELAC in 1970, Griffen remembers a Caucasian majority  school.  Griffen’s task was to take the students and show them how to expand their minds and connect to a changing community. “I had to…

May 16, 2012
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Estrada triumphs over challenges

By Alejandra Carrillo  Dedicated, straight-forward and a people person, is what East Los Angeles College newest Associated Student Union president, Jennifer Estrada, describes herself as. Though her presidential term  officially begins July 1, she is still involved with students, serving as  Chief Delegate. In this position she oversees the clubs on campus as well as the vice president and proposals for any ASU meetings. Recently she served as a judge on a…

May 16, 2012
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Professor plans to retire, enjoy Florida

By Freddy Monares Looking forward to the title “retired,” department chair of Automobile Technology Walter Kangas is prepared to live on his lake-front property in Florida after his last day at East Los Angeles College on June 30. Kangas has been with ELAC since Aug. 2001 and says his biggest accomplishment for the college is getting the department certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in 2003. This…

May 9, 2012
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Annual Comic Book Day comes to East L.A.

By Lindsey Maeda Celebrating the joys of reading comics, Comic City welcomed the East Los Angeles community into their store for the ninth annual Free Comic Book Day last Saturday. Every year on the first Saturday of May, participating comic book specialty stores from across North America give away free comic books to anyone who comes into their shops. Comic book publishers provide comic books at cost to retailers to give…

May 9, 2012
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