Child Development teacher set to retire

By Toya Bailey After being employed at East Los Angeles College since 1975, Child Development Center teacher Linda Irene Jimenez is retiring. As a young child, Jimenez remembers playing school with her sisters and cousins all the time. Jimenez had influential teachers through most of her elementary and high school years, which ultimately gave her the urge to become a teacher. While studying early childhood development at ELAC and taking a…

May 16, 2012
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ELAC band leader brings music to campus

By Gabriela Chavez From working as a band director and applied music instructor at Cerritos College, Jesus “Chuy” Martinez gradually became a full-time teacher at East Los Angeles College. This professor of music completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in jazz, from the University of Southern California. Martinez worked for seven years as the band director for the marching band, concert percussion ensemble, beginning strings, orchestra,…

May 16, 2012
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Hollywood brings revenue to ELAC

By Amanda Galindo Recently being hired to East Los Angeles College, Ernest Burnett works hard with administration to bring revenue to ELAC. Burnett serves as a college event and venue coordinator for the school and his position helps bring in revenue by bringing events to the campus such as film and television productions and holding corporate events. Not wanting to become a struggling writer, he decided to move to Los Angeles…

May 16, 2012
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Professor Griffin to retire, encourages educational pursuit

By Grace Key Frank Griffen, a social science instructor at East Los Angeles College, is to retire at the end of spring semester. “After 41 years of teaching, it’s time to give it up,” he said. Coming to ELAC in 1970, Griffen remembers a Caucasian majority  school.  Griffen’s task was to take the students and show them how to expand their minds and connect to a changing community. “I had to…

May 16, 2012
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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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