Professor overcomes past for better future

May 25, 2017

By Francisco Portillo After years of being lost in the gang lifestyle and becoming paralyzed, Obed Silva discovered the power of literature and underwent a major transformation to become a respected English professor. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Silva emigrated to the United States with his mother at just one year of age.  His father was an artist trained by Mexican painter Aaron Pina-Mora, who was also his godfather. His father…

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Economics professor to take hiatus in Philippines

May 24, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  After 23 years as an economics professor at East Los Angeles College, Aida Z. Caballes is retiring and taking a six month hiatus in the Philippines to work on developmental projects. On January 1, 1994, Caballes started a part-time teaching position at ELAC. Within a year-and-a-half, she became a full-time substitute and soon after a permanent, full-time professor. Before arriving to Southern California, Caballes was at the…

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President of Academic Senate retiring

May 24, 2017

By Gustavo Buenrostro A long time member of the East Los Angeles College District, Academic Senate president Alex Immerblum is retiring. Immerblum started as an English professor at ELAC in 1989. He remembers the first time coming to ELAC and being honored to be a part of the college. “I remember walking on campus and I noticed the library in the middle of the campus. To me it was extraordinary…

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ELAC electrician making lasting impression on campus

By Gil Milanes  East Los Angeles College electrician Leroy Cadman continues to leave his stamp in the lives of those students and faculty who he supports. Cadman is the lead electrician at ELAC and has been with the campus since 1988. Over the past 29 years of service, Cadman has seen ELAC evolve from singlestory classrooms to multi-story classroom buildings. One thing that has not changed over the years is…

May 24, 2017
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Graphic design professor to retire

May 24, 2017

By Russell Zazueta  In a classroom booming with computers and technology galore, graphic design professor Mike Owens flip-flops between a student’s questions and helping another print out artwork from a computer in the back row. It’s his last semester at East Los Angeles College as a full-time faculty member, but he says he’s not yet ready to retire completely. “I’ll be back part-time after a six-month hiatus to teach one…

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Business chair retires with 49 years of experience

May 24, 2017

By Dan Gudino Influence and experience are two things Business Department chairperson, Roderick Lipscomb will walk away with in retirement after 49 years of service at East Los Angeles College. By the end of 2017 semester, Lipscomb and 50 other faculty members will retire and start a new chapter in their lives. “It’s the proper time to hang it up. The main reasons are, of course, family and spending time…

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The Dream Act at work

By: Joseph Dargan The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Dream Act, is saving America millions of dollars and with examples like Gilberto Macedo-Velasquez, simultaneously strengthening the Latino community one Dreamer at a time. Signed into law by former President Barack Obama in June of 2012, DACA was created to protect undocumented immigrants, who were illegally brought into the United States as children, from deportation as well as providing a…

May 23, 2017
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Psychology Department hosts open house featuring student film

May 23, 2017

By Gisselle Palomera The Psychology Department hosted its fourth annual open house featuring a student-made film last Thursday at the G3 Foyer. The 10 minute film highlighted how addiction can affect anyone at any time. The film begins with a student named Marlon being pressured to party and drink by his classmates. Marlon is uninterested in this and refuses because he wants to focus on everything he’s been working so…

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Game club welcomes new gamers to level up

By: Melody Ortiz ELAC’s Game Club was made as a safe haven for gamers of all kinds to bring, play, watch and discuss games. They play games from video to board and card games. During the meetings, members can play games on projectors connected to computers or any console provided by other members.. Jorge Ivan Macias, the club’s community manager, said the Game Club’s main goals are to allow students…

May 23, 2017
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Student faces struggles while chasing aspirations

By: Samantha Moreno The struggles of being a Latino, Bisexual, film student at East Los Angeles College is something that doesn’t faze Dreamworks employee, and ELAC student Charles “CJ” Sanchez. The 21-year-old bisexual aspiring film actor, who works within the same breathing space as Steven Spielberg, has figured out many positive things about himself by coming to ELAC. He has also had his fair share of struggles just by coming to…

May 23, 2017
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