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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Carol Lem: Longtime professor, poet left indelible mark

By Megan Perry Adored and admired poet and teacher, Carol Lem, died of cancer February 11, leaving her mark on East Los Angeles College and in the Los Angeles literary world. She was a petite woman who stood approximately five feet tall, but her power and influence were gigantic. “I always admired that somebody who was not at all physically intimidating carried her weight and got her way out there,” said…

February 29, 2012
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ELAC Political Science teacher wants to help students

By Christina Rocha A person becomes a teacher because they care about students as human beings who crave to learn.  Jeffrey Hernandez is the vice chair for the Political Science Department. His duty as vice chair is to be a facilitator for the political science instructors and to also supervise part-time political science teachers. Hernandez taught at East Los Angeles College part-time before he heard about an open full-time position…

December 14, 2011
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Former ELAC coach leverages dark past to help others

By Tadzio Garcia A popular horror movie prompted former East Los Angeles College student and track coach, Jason Tena-Encarnación, to take the first step towards helping underprivileged youth. “The plot about A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, was about kids being killed off one by one for something their parents did. The kids didn’t create the circumstances of their death but the kids had to deal with the…

December 13, 2011
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ELAC bookstore manager steps up

By Anna Ortega Contributing Writer Filled with passion and experience, Joyce Garcia is the bookstore manager and the new manager at the Husky Store. Garcia has been the bookstore manager for the last three and a half years. She loves to work with students. They are her passion, and to be able to help them is her pride. She became the cafeteria manager six months ago when the ex-manager, Christina Gaytan…

December 9, 2011
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Vietnamese club gives comfort to students

By Thy Lam Providing a sense of family by helping Vietnamese students connect with other students from their homeland is what the Vietnam Student Association hopes to accomplish. The group was established three years ago as a study group and then began to share experiences about learning, cultures and lifestyles. After gathering for some months, they felt the need of an official association for Vietnamese students. The purpose of VSA’s establishment is…

December 7, 2011
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Child Development Center helps parents

By Jane Fernandez East Los Angeles College does not only educate adults but also children through the Child Development Center. The Child Development Center first opened its doors at ELAC in February 1975. At the time, it was a single bungalow and provided service to 11 families, many of whom were single mothers. In 1977, the center opened a second bungalow and it kept it that way until 1990, when a proposal…

December 7, 2011
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