ELAC radio station strives for television station

April 23, 2013

  By William Hernandez   Students who are enrolled in Broadcasting 15 are able to take part in East Los Angeles College’s own radio station KELA and go behind the microphone to record their own 30-minute radio shows. With KELA radio up and running, the next goal will be to get a 24-hour television station called  KELA TV. “My long term goal is to get a large grant to be…

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Students dedicated to breaking barriers

By Erik Machuca   Now in its second semester at East Los Angeles College, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Club (ALPFA) is looking to break barriers for minorities in the business field. ALPFA is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students with more than 100 chapters nationwide and more than 20,000 members. Committed to enhancing networking opportunities, access to scholarships and building leadership and…

April 23, 2013
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Self-taught musician strives for success

April 16, 2013

  By Gabrielle Osei    Twenty-three year old Joseph Quinones is a multi-instrumentalist and one of the founding members of The Delirians. This East Los Angeles soul, ska and reggae band may not be heard on the radio or seen on MTV, but they are becoming known in the West Coast. Old reggae vinyl records, which provide much of the inspiration for  the band, sit in a corner as the…

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Broadway performer becomes instructor

March 13, 2013

    By Alejandra Carrillo   Longtime Broadway performer and professional actress Wanda-Lee Evans brings hertalents to East Los Angeles College in the performance “African Cultural Influences in Latin America” on Monday. Evans began dancing at a young age. She was born in Florida, but moved to Boyle Heights, California during her elementary school years. She says she grew up in the ghetto with five siblings and parents who encouraged…

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Former ELAC student pays homage to instructor

By Cristina Galvan   Rita Soza remembers her times with teacher Helen Miller Bailey fondly. Soza is currently working on a biography on Bailey. Besides having the library named after her, Bailey left a strong impact on many of her students, including Soza. Soza attended Elac in the Early ‘70s.  She took two classes with Bailey, which were Western Civilization 1 and 2. After receiving her Associates degree, Soza attended…

March 13, 2013
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Artist displays ‘Paletas’ at ‘MexiCali Biennial’

March 6, 2013

  By Jesus Figueroa   Rafa Esparza returns to East Los Angeles College with “Paletas de Sangre” (Blood Popsicles) on display in the “MexiCali Biennial 2013” exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum. “I liked how the work dealt  with the gruesome and violent subject of narco trafficking and revenge killings. It is terrorism intertwined with a seemingly harmless act of buying candy or in this case paletas from the…

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Women’s basketball player parents twins, pursues dreams

By William Hernandez  At the young age of 14, DeLaura Castanada became a parent of twins who gave her motivation to continue playing the game she loves. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Castanada leads the East Los Angeles College women’s basketball team’s offensive attack with an average of 12.7 points per game. Castanada found out she was pregnant with her twin boys David and Issac Sandy in her…

March 5, 2013
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Women’s basketball player finds recognition as a Husky

By Liliana Marquez Karina Ortiz stood with confidence facing the hoop as she prepared to take a shot during basketball practice. Ortiz arrived to this country afraid. She was without any goals in life and unaware that an opportunity of a lifetime was going to change her future. Ortiz received an invitation from the East Los Angeles College women’s basketball team Head Coach Bruce Turner to play for the Huskies…

February 26, 2013
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South Gate Educational Center dean leads ELAC students by example

  By JC Casarez  Over the years Al Rios has always been in the business of helping others first. Known to many as the Dean of the South Gate Educational Center, Rios also has a background in politics and working for nonprofit organizations throughout the community. Rios, like many of the students he helps now, was once a student at East Los Angeles College. While growing up in Boyle Heights…

February 13, 2013
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Former bully victim follows dream

February 12, 2013

  By Alejandra Carrillo Overcoming bullyingcaused by a speech impediment, East Los Angeles College student, Ruben Perez, now finds himself interviewing up-and-coming artists from the United States and Mexico. Perez suffers from a communication disorder known as stuttering. It is a  disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. “The speech side of my brain, which I believe is…

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