Disabled dancer develops passion in dance

By Billy Galvez In the fourth grade, Vanessa Cruz started developing a passion for dancing. Her parents wouldn’t support her because they thought she would get injured. From sixth to eighth grade she began practicing at home. “I would practice for hours in front of the mirror in my room, and I would imagine myself on the stage,” Cruz said. Vanessa has had obstacles since birth, but she was determined not…

April 25, 2012
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NAMI hosts poetry reading to bring awareness to mental illness

April 25, 2012

By Maria Gonzalez and William Hernandez Students had an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry this past Wednesday. NAMI on Campus, a student chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, gathered in the open space between P2 and S2 buildings to let students recite poetry. Students were able to recite their own or the work of others. Part of the mission of NAMI on Campus is…

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Elan wins scholarship contest

By Jane Fernandez Ricardo Ramirez won third place in the Achieve the Dream contest, inspiring others to stay in school, aim for their best and to never stop dreaming.Ramirez was the only East Los Angeles College student to submit a video. Achieve the Dream is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping community college students, mostly low income, to stay in school and earn a college degree.  The…

April 18, 2012
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Elan poster on pedophilia wins first-place during community college state conference

By Edward Singleton Psychology major Jose Luna’s poster on pedophilia and abnormal sexual behavior won first place at the 12th Annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference for California Community Colleges. The event was hosted by UC Irvine in March.  More than 34 community colleges participated. Participants competed in three categories: oral presentation, group presentation and poster presentation.  “I couldn’t find my poster anywhere…they didn’t even tell me…

April 18, 2012
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Tournament encourages softball pitcher

By Dulce Carillo  It all happened at a high school softball tournament in East Los Angeles College where the softball coaches encouraged a young pitcher to try out for the team. Janessa Martinez, 19, is one of the softball team’s starting pitchers. Her coaches consider her a consistent player. When out of the field, the team looks comfortable when Martinez is up on the mound. “Work hard” is what Martinez believes doing…

April 18, 2012
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Soccer player receives scholarship

By Liliana Marquez Kevin Gomez never expected that soccer would give him another opportunity to start over after receiving a scholarship into Kansas Wesleyan University. Gomez was offered a full scholarship to KWU after finishing two years playing for the Huskies soccer team as a forward. Gomez, 20, was born in Bellflower and lived in Michoacan, Mexico for 13 years. While living in Mexico, he had to work and go to school…

April 18, 2012
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Former L.A. Laker Girl teaches dance

By Oliver Blanco Former Los Angeles Laker and Rams cheerleader Annie Yee is currently teaching Chinese Dance at East Los Angeles College. Yee was born and raised in Monterey Park and dedicated her life to the art of dance and theater. At an early age, Yee’s mother, Nancy Yee exposed her to many types of dance: ballet, Chinese, tap, jazz and hula. Yee’s Chinese dance teacher, Cheng Pei Pei, was the first…

March 28, 2012
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Cyclist loses weight, gains friends

By Gabriel Serrano Contributing Writer As the sun begins to set and Los Angeles’ busy rush hour traffic begins to dwindle, a herd of bicyclists burst out on to the scene, composed of riders of all shapes and sizes pedaling on an assortment of bikes. They are known as the Eastside Bike Club. ESBC is a community organization founded by Carlos Morales and Eric Cornejo. It was first established as a support…

March 28, 2012
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ELAC basketball player led Huskies to great season

By Alfonso Rivera Keyanna Johnson led the basketball team to a season filled with firsts. The Huskies made the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years. In addition, they also hosted two playoff games and won them both. The team ended their storybook season with a record of 24-7 overall. A big reason for these accomplishments was the stellar play of Johnson, the First Team, All-State California Community…

March 28, 2012
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Elan tries to create Machista Club

By Liliana Marquez The word “machista” has always had negative connotations but the new Machista Club will try to reform the definition of the word and its significance in today’s society. During Occupy ELAC, Elan Mike Sanchez saw some division between the men and women who participated in the movement and decided to create a Machista Club.“At first, the idea seemed childish, but it slowly began to gain momentum and…

March 21, 2012
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