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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Students dedicate to ELAC’s radio station

By Maria Gonzalez Planning, preparation and dedication is what drives KELA, the East Los Angeles College Internet radio station.Instructor Jason Beaton was the first to lecture and teach the hands-on class Broadcasting 15, Radio and Television Production at ELAC. He has 20 years experience working in Los Angeles’s radio industry, and continues to keep KELA alive with the help of students who decide to participate and dedicate their time its…

May 9, 2012
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East L.A. Women’s Center offers multitude of services for female, male Elans

By Jerry Casarez For more than 35 years, the East Los Angeles Women’s center has provided a safe haven within the community for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Not only have they created a safe environment where a victim can get the proper counseling to help start the healing process, but they have also become a place where educational tools and training are provided to help promote awareness. The…

May 2, 2012
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Instructor teaches dance, life lessons

By Oliver Blanco Performing in her first professional dance at the age of eight, Andrea C. Martinez Gonzalez danced alongside her grandmother at the 1957 Los Angeles Fair.  Gonzalez’s grandmother, Filicitas Oropeza was part of a dance company during Gonzalez’s childhood years.  At the age of five, Oropeza took Gonzalez to her dance company’s rehearsals. Gonzalez was amazed by her grandmother’s dancing.  She attempted to emulate her and other professional…

May 2, 2012
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Husky first baseman follows, leads by example

By Carlos Alvarez Estevez improved on his second season as the starting first baseman in all offensive categories.  “From his first season to this one, he has improved in every aspect of his game,” Head Coach James Hines said. “I have hit more home runs this year, but I have also been a consistent hitter this season,” Estevez said.  Estevez has a .321 batting average with four home runs, 10…

May 2, 2012
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Stadium holds plenty of history

By Liliana Marquez For more than 60 years, Weingart Stadium has been a setting for history, from the Olympics to Forrest Gump.  Commonly known as “the football stadium” or  simply “the stadium,” Weingart Stadium was built in 1951, six years after East Los Angeles College was established.  With a seating capacity of 22,355 and a construction cost of $3.1 million, Weingart Stadium has hosted a variety of events. Formerly known…

May 2, 2012
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Student wins bus line art contest

By Veronica Hurtado Art Graphic Communication major Mario Hernandez’s graphic design won the Montebello Bus Lines “Ride Green” Art Contest on April 6. “I was pretty surprised (to win). I had no idea of the competition and how it was going to be. I really wasn’t expecting to win,” he said. The Boyle Heights native participated in a contest along with other participants. Hernandez and participants took part in a competition to…

April 25, 2012
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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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