Initiatives discussed at ASU meeting

By Julie Santiago Associated Student Union board members spent nearly an hour discussing action item named “Make Up Pass.” The item aimed to allow ASU board members to be able to make up required hours only during emergencies and important times, passed. ASU Board members are required to stay available to students on the main campus, building: in the Student Activities Office (F5-212) for a minimum of four hours weekly….

November 16, 2017
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ESL Club hosts inaugural Halloween party

November 8, 2017

By Julio Sanchez Witches, a dinosaur and several superheroes were all in attendance at the first ever English as a Second Language Club Halloween party Friday. The party took place in the Multipurpose Room from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It was a family friendly event that had activities like a costume contest as well as a DJ and free tacos. The ESL club has been a part of East…

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Dia de los Muertos festival brings about activism

November 8, 2017

By Giselle Palomera The Dia de los Muertos Festival at East Los Angeles College featured Aztlan Underground and Cuicani bands that sang about colonization, globalization and self-awareness. Aztlan Underground originated from ELAC and returned to spread the messages they feel strongly about. According to the band, they believe in self-awareness, decolonizing the environment and giving a voice to the voiceless on topics like crossing borders and native culture. “We give…

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Recent groping incidents prompt larger cadet presence

By Joe Dargan The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department placed a cadet, a non-sworn peace officer with the Los Angeles Community College District, in East Los Angeles College’s library full time. The placement of a full-time cadet follows recent groping events. On Sept. 5, a male student was arrested for groping a female student in the library and returned on Sept. 14 to victimize someone else. Before October, cadets would patrol…

November 8, 2017
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ELAC first school in district to offer Women/Gender Studies degree

By Gustavo Buenrostro East Los Angeles College became the only school in the district to offer a Women/Gender Studies degree and kicked off a celebration on Thursday at the G3 Foyer. The degree was submitted in January of this year and was approved in June, making it the 59th associate degree to be approved. The Women/Gender Studies faculty came up with classes for the 13-class requirement. There are four categories…

November 8, 2017
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Assembly Bills 19 and 705 to affect incoming students

Frank Portillo Two assembly bills were passed by California legislature recently that might impact the student population on campus. A free year of community college for first-time students and self-assessments for new students were the main focus of the Senate Executive Committee meeting Wednesday. The committee spent a large portion of the meeting discussing ways in which it can assist the math and English faculty with the new Assembly Bills….

November 8, 2017
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Administration delays student AA degrees, certificates

By Frank Portillo East Los Angeles College alumni and current students are experiencing delays in receiving their degrees and/or certificates. Alumnus Alejandro Nunez Gutierrez posted on the college’s Facebook page asking other students if they were dealing with the same issue. The delays have prompted both negative and neutral reactions from the students involved. Colonda Hawkins, who is in charge of substandard grade petitions, said that the issue must be…

November 8, 2017
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Students raise money for hurricane relief

November 1, 2017

  By Melody Ortiz East Los Angeles College’s Students for Political Awareness club and the American Federation of Teachers held a fundraiser on Thursday night for student artists to sell their pieces. The fundraiser was set up to raise money for Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominica after they suffered hurricane disasters. ELAC art students set up tables to sell their work at the fundraiser. Some items for sale were photographs,…

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Training gives Elans insight into veteran struggles

November 1, 2017

By Noe Ortega Guest speakers Marshall Thomas and David Joseph introduced a Welcome Home training program to educate faculty, staff and students about veteran issues on campus. Both speakers presented videos consisting of house raids, soldiers coming home to their loved ones and soldiers in gun battles. The event was hosted by the Veterans Resource Center to help people who haven’t served in the military gain an understanding of what…

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Retired professor Louie Sarracino dies at age 95

November 1, 2017

By Dorany Pineda Retired professor of speech and communications Louie Sarracino, who taught at East Los Angeles College for 53 years before retiring in 2002, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 95. Sarracino is remembered by family and friends as having been friendly and fun, and loved by all his students. “Louie was really personable and funny,” Tom Atha, a speech professor, said. “He had a lot of…

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