Formerly undocumented Irishman uses past experiences for new job

By Cristal Gomez After teaching on campus for 20 years, native Irishman James Kenny plans on raising transfer rates and creating a safe environment for all students as the new Dean of Language Arts. Before James Kenny became a dean, he was a student at East Los Angeles College where he obtained his Associates Degree in English graduating as Summa Cum Laude. During his time at ELAC, he conducted social…

March 8, 2018
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Communications professor erects artistic home garden

By Melody Ortiz When he’s not teaching communication, professor Kashif Powell tends to his art garden at home. Powell, 33, has gathered art pieces to fill in his backyard garden. The space includes original, remade and purchased pieces. The garden also included plants like rosemary, tomatoes, spinach and more. Powell wants the space to be a place of refuge and expression. “I want it to be a place I can…

March 8, 2018
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Student Discovers Passion for Writing

December 12, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Like many college students, former East Los Angeles College student Joshua Castro, 30, enrolled without any idea of what he wanted to do. “I just knew I was supposed to go to college after high school,” Castro said. However, after the first two years of general education classes and other subjects that peaked his interest, Castro found his passion for writing. He writes and performs his original…

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New Job Skills Development Service Provides

By Roger Roldan Beginning as an idea formulated by two student service counselors in early June, the Job Skills Saturdays service provided at the ELAC campus has been proven to be extremely successful among students in the past several months, said Brent McClair, one of the founding student service counselors. The relatively new school service provides a range of new job opportunities for ELAC students, transfer and regular students alike,…

December 6, 2017
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Executive assistant Barnes to retire after four decades of service

December 6, 2017

By Dorany Pineda After 44 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Olga Barnes will bid farewell to the campus community at the close of this semester. It was in the fall of 1971 when Barnes first stepped foot onto ELAC grounds, just a few months after graduating from Garfield Senior High School in East Los Angeles. As a student here, she was a legal secretary major, a fitting…

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After reporting for 20 years, journalist becomes professor

December 6, 2017

By Noe Ortega Fascination and being social is what drove East Los Angeles College professor Charles Fogel to make an odd switch from journalism to mathematics. Fogel was a reporter/editor for 20 years, where he reported news for local papers in Detroit, Louisiana, Texas and California. His main subjects were reporting about business, politics, education and crime while being a reporter/editor. Fogel spent a year and a half being a…

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Anthropology Club brings awareness to humans’ impact on Earth

December 6, 2017

By Anastasia Landeros Anthropology Club President Jonathan Salas wants his club to be the biggest one on campus. “The reason I want us to be one of the biggest clubs is because I think, with the members we have at the moment, and especially with the amazing advisers we have, I think we can truly make an impact on the student body,” he said. Professor Christine Sepulveda, the club’s co-adviser,…

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Past Struggles push New Sociology Professor to get Involved

By Julio Sanchez From leaving Guatemala at a young age to achieving her master’s degree, Carla Osorio Veliz is now living out her dream of being a professor at a community college. Veliz is an adjunct lecturer in the Social Sciences Department at East Los Angeles College where she has been teaching sociology classes for a little over a year. She gives her students alternative articles written by people of…

December 6, 2017
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Theatre department address everyday issues in performances

By Jesus Garcia The Theatre in the Community program is a program for students from all backgrounds who with their interest in theatre want to help their community in some way.   It is a free program where students  tour elementary schools/daycare centers with children’s theatre productions, ‘brown bag’ lunchtime performances at senior centers, food banks and events throughout Los Angeles County. The program is led by ELAC’s very own…

December 4, 2017
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Statistics Club proposes three studies and seeks participants

By Michelle Perez The Statistics Club at East Los Angeles College hopes to conduct at least three studies that they believe will help many students. The President of the Statistics Club, Francisco Larraga, said that as of now the studies are in their planning stage and that hopefully they will be approved and implemented by next spring. Larraga said that the three studies involve anxiety and self-efficacy, aggression and how…

December 3, 2017
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