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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Professor plans to retire after 35 years

By Megan Perry Long-time English professor Stanley Oropesa is planning to retire from East Los Angeles College this semester and travel to Eastern Europe. He will be coming back on a part-time basis and is set to teach one or two classes in the spring of next year. “I’m ready to teach two (classes) in the spring, but I’d like to take a semester off to just have some fun…

March 21, 2012
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Former architect professor pushed students to become productive in society

By Edward Singleton Robert Theodore Weiss former architecture professor who taught at East Los Angeles College for 31 years died on Jan. 26. Weiss, a former Korean War veteran, began teaching at ELAC in the fall of 1961 and retired in 1991. As a young man, Weiss attended ELAC where he earned a scholarship to the University of Southern California. He graduated from ELAC in 1944. While attending USC he became…

March 20, 2012
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Sports give Husky another chance in life

By Jerry Casarez Life has a way of taking unexpected turns without notice at any moment and Chris Floyd has experienced his fair share. For the 25-year-old junior and football standout, life didn’t always look so promising. Floyd, who is better known these days for his contributions as a defensive tackle on last season’s football team, was once a troubled youth who is now majoring in criminal justice. “I want to be…

March 8, 2012
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Football keeps former Husky out of trouble

By Ariana Renteria After a constant struggle with gang involvement, East Los Angeles native Caesar Aguila has succeeded in turning his life around. “My mom was always on top of me.  But every teenager wants to do their own thing, always wants to do the opposite of what their parents want them to do,” said Aguila. Growing up without a father figure, Aguila was the youngest of five boys and one…

March 8, 2012
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