Former Husky star goes to NFL

By J.C. Casarez For Antoine “Shaky” Smithson, life in the NFL is just beginning. His journey to the professional level is something that began long before his days at the University of Utah, where he majored in Sociology. The 24-year-old Smithson signed with the Green Bay Packers this year as an undrafted free agent. Smithson attended East Los Angeles College for his freshman and sophomore years before transferring. He spent the next two…

October 20, 2011
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Art focuses on Chicana struggle

By Lourdes Espinoza As a supplement to “After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970,” the Vincent Price Art Museum has hosted a number of postscript events for the duration of the exhibition through Dec. 16. “Cuentos De Amor y Resistencia: The Tenacity of Chicana Artistic Expression” was held Saturday from noon – 3 p.m. inside the small gallery, lecture hall and…

October 13, 2011
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ELAC coach brings experience, passion to team

  By Cristina Galvan Adan Millan is an assistant baseball coach at East Los Angeles College with a passion for baseball that started at a young age. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles. As a child, he enjoyed playing outdoors with his friends where they would play different sports such as football and baseball. “Once I started playing baseball, I stopped playing other sports,” said Millan. One day…

October 10, 2011
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Striker aims to go pro

By Liliana Marquez Danny Suarez started to play soccer when he was only four years old.  He never imagined that one day he would choose it as a professional career. Suarez, 20, is currently part of the East Los Angeles College men’s soccer team and his contribution has been a key factor in all the games he has participated in. This has earned him the title of top scorer for the…

October 10, 2011
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Chorale honors maestro

By Vivian Ramirez Anthony Lupica Master of Musical Arts and Associate Professor of Music at East Los Angeles College was honored for his 30 years of service as a musician, singer, and maestro Friday at St. Bede the Venerable church in La Cañada. ELAC’s Chamber Chorale collaborated with the St. Bede’s choir for the 60th anniversary of the church for a musical celebration. The collaboration combined the two choirs, creating one…

October 6, 2011
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Residency triggers community duty

By Liliana Marquez Mike Sanchez arrived in this country when he was only three months old without knowing that later on, his personality would be a great way to communicate and be the voice of others. Sanchez arrived from Mexico as a child and soon developed a dynamic personality that allowed him to become a great communicator. Raised by his mother, along with three brothers and one sister, he believes that…

September 22, 2011
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Husky Store employee retires

September 22, 2011

By Ruth Caloca After 42 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Christina Gaytan, Husky Store cashier, is saying goodbye to ELAC. Gaytan was first employed on Oct. 17, 1969, as a food service supervisor at age 18, while attending classes. She moved up over the years to fill different positions until her current one. She attended school to major in business management. Yet, her career did not go as…

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Moreno changes ELAC for the best

    By Edgar Lopez “Students walked in darkness,” said Dennis Sanchez, an instructor at East Los Angeles College, as he compared ELAC before Ernest H. Moreno, the former president, was hired. “I remember that there were tall weeds just about everywhere on campus, poor lighting, poor work conditions for teachers,” said Sanchez, who has been at ELAC as long as Moreno has. It was nearly 18 years ago since Moreno took the role of president. Moreno said there was a lot…

September 14, 2011
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Student quits culinary job, decides to major in science

By Rosie Chamuryan Lisa Watanabe, 23, is one of two East Los Angeles College students who were awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Watanabe is a resident of Monterey Park and a graduate of Mark Keppel High School. She decided to return to school and pursue a degree in science three years after finishing culinary school. Watanabe was working in restaurants as a line cook and daytime kitchen manager. “Restaurant…

May 18, 2011
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Aviles achieves academic goals despite complications

May 18, 2011

By Maria Gonzalez Within three weeks, Christian Aviles went from being the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship to a homeless man walking the streets with his family. They have since found another place to live, and Aviles is again able to focus on the studies that led him to the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship. After he was awarded the scholarship, Aviles’s family was homeless for about one…

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