Organization aids disabled youths

    By Hugo Dominguez Jr. Disabled children and young adults expand their possibilities with the help of a non-profit organization called AbilityFirst. AbilityFirst helps youths ages 5-22 with physical and developmental disabilities by focusing on their capabilities and expanding their possibilities. The organization has 24 facilities in Southern California that offer various programs and services including employment, housing, recreational and socialization activities, and camping. “AbilityFirst centers have seen success,”…

March 23, 2011
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Bookstore to expand book rental program in Fall 2011

By Manuela Ramos The East Los Angeles College Bookstore has expanded its book rental program for the upcoming semesters due to the high cost of textbooks. As education gets more expensive, students are often looking for ways to cut spending. The bookstore offers a limited amount of books that students are allowed to rent for a semester for a price cheaper than the textbook actually costs. Some classes have books…

March 23, 2011
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Homeboy Industries founder inspires student activism

  By Sonia Saavendra A crowd of enthusiastic Elans welcomed Father Gregory J. Boyle with his message of unity and hope for the future to the Edison Auditorium last Thursday. East Los Angeles College’s Puente Project helped arrange for Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, to speak to Elans. Boyle received his Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s of Divinity from the Weston School of…

March 23, 2011
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Faculty, staff erase accreditation warning

By Layla Fernandez   East Los Angeles College has announced that since last June it has been in good standing without sanctions with the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In March, ELAC was given recommendations by the Accreditation Response Group on how to improve the campus. The recommendations were to make a handbook to show the planning and budgeting to ensure improvements based on the data. Another recommendation…

March 23, 2011
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Alumnus develops new underwater technology

  By Jessica Alvarez East Los Angeles College alumnus Dr. Thomas I. Valdez spoke to members of the Priory of Biology and Chemistry and the Chemistry Club about his new project last Wednesday. Valdez’s project, “Energy Harvesting for Underwater Monitoring,” consists of a probe that is dropped into the ocean and it can not only measure the different ocean temperatures and salinity, but it can also recharge itself. “This is…

March 23, 2011
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Elan copes with disaster in Japan

  By Christopher Yee Miki Itsubo finds herself preoccupied in English class these days. She came to the United States from Japan in 2006 so that she could improve her English, but she still has difficulty keeping up with the pace of in-class discussions. Her current problem, however, is not listening comprehension. Despite the fact that English 103 is the last class she needs to complete her transfer requirements, Itsubo’s…

March 23, 2011
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College anticipates budget cuts

By Jerry Casarez With California budget cut discussions going on in Sacramento that will have direct impact to all community colleges statewide, the responsibility has now been shifted locally. ELAC’s vice presidents met Monday with the school’s budget committee. Different departments were asked to meet and discuss how they can come together and plan the 2011-12 budget. The information discussed is all based on a proposed five percent cut to…

March 23, 2011
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Podcast 3.22.11

This week, CNC looks at the budget crisis through the eyes of school administrators, ELAC’s accreditation status, and Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle who was invited by the Puente Project to speak to Elans. And as always, a look at sports with Freddy’s Sports Corner. Podcast 3.22.11

March 23, 2011
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East L.A. remembers baseball forefather

By Rodolfo Trujillo The long-time manager of the semi-professional team the Carmelita Chorizeros, Manuel “Shorty” Perez, was honored Sunday at Belvedere Park with a plaque next to the baseball field where he worked for many years. Along with Mario Lopez, Sr., owner of Carmelita Chorizeros and sponsor of the team, were partially responsible for organizing baseball in East Los Angeles and providing an opportunity for local talent to play and,…

March 16, 2011
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Flooded library upsets students

By Rosie Charmuryan Several students were disappointed and frustrated as they were turned away from the temporary library housed at the fitness center inside the men’s gym earlier this month. Maintenance workers noticed the flooding on the morning of March 2. “The library was already closed down when I got here at 7:15 a.m. and remained completely closed the rest of the day for the safety of the students,” said…

March 16, 2011
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