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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Las Cafeteras sings for change

By Dulce Carrillo   The musical genre of Son Jarocho is the inspiration for Las Cafeteras first studio recorded album release “It’s Time.” The album was produced by Alexandro D. Guiterrez and released independently on September 6 of this year. The Jarocho music genre originated in Veracruz, Mexico as slave music for the oppressed people of the city. It consists of nine songs including their single “La Bamba Rebelde” which…

December 5, 2012
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Dedicated Christina Aguilera fan gets over 3 million views

  By Alejandra Carrillo   Carlos Gomez, a Psychology major at East Los Angeles College and self-proclaimed as Christina Aguilera’s number one fan, began a fan page dedicated to her that has gotten a little over 3 million hits. Gomez, who is soon to be a graduate of Cal State University, Los Angeles, started his fan page three years ago with hopes of connecting Aguilera fans worldwide. He became a…

December 5, 2012
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Model tumbles into fame

November 27, 2012

By Alfonso Caltitla Big things come in small packages. It seems like a clichéd expression but it definitely applies to former East Los Angeles College student Jessica Carillo, 20, who became an overnight sensation. “I never thought I photographed well or people would want to take photos of me. I still don’t,” Carillo said. After “dip dying” her hair with pink dye and uploading a couple of pictures on a…

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Elan pursues musical passion

November 27, 2012

By Carla Calderon Being the lead guitarist of the band Native Tongues makes Isaac Corrales hardly an ordinary East Los Angeles College student. He lives with his parents, brother and sister in Maywood. He was born in Sonora, Mexico. His mother claims Corrales showed great skills in making things, and always claimed that he wanted to be a scientist when he grew up. Being technical and a smart student in…

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Muralist inspires youth

November 27, 2012

  By Manuel Miguel   On the Dia de los Muertos festival, East Los Angeles College invited Manny Velasquez, 53, to participate in it For the last 30 years he has helped youth through art, helping them with their problems trying to get them to understand that there is more to life than where they stand. Velasquez is currently putting up three murals at Van Nuys High School in the…

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Ultimate Frisbee becomes ELAC’s newest sport

November 27, 2012

By Alejandra Sanchez   Jesus Valdez, who prefers his nickname “Peanut,” decided to bring the sport of Ultimate Frisbee to East Los Angeles College after he played for four years in summer leagues with his friend in USC. The first year of Ultimate Frisbee at ELAC. Valdez started the club at ELAC  that was perfect to play because his friends could play as well. He started the club on Oct. 26 after…

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Witnesses occupy free speech zone

November 27, 2012

By Ericka Perez Every Monday through Friday, a Jehovah’s witnesses congregation sets up a blue tent in between the sheriff’s department and the stadium parking lot. Underneath the tent there is a table filled with booklets, magazines and bibles ready to be handed out with information to anyone that is interested. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays there are members of the congregation who speak English and on Tuesdays and Thursdays…

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