Former fee waiver program becomes Promise Grant

By Dorany Pineda The Board of Governors introduced the California College Innovation Promise Grant on Sept. 19, which promises high school who show financial need a free year of community college tuition. Formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver program, the College Promise Grant provided $15 million during the 2016-2017 year to approximately 1 million students with free tuition––with half of the 2.1 million current California Community College…

September 27, 2017
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Enrollment dip discussed during budget meeting

By Dorany Pineda The College Budget Committee reviewed the enrollment outlook for the fall 2017 semester on Monday and found it had decreased. The  Fall 2017 Credit Enrollment Comparison found a nine percent dip in student enrollment this semester compared to enrollment in 2016’s fall semester. The drop from fall 2016’s 30,011 students to the current 25,585 is due mostly to a low unemployment rate and a problematic Student Information…

September 20, 2017
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Obamacare ad fund takes cut

By Francisco Portillo With the insurance enrollment period beginning November 1, the Department of Health and Human services is defunding the budget that advertises the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, by 90 percent. The funding for advertisements has been cut from the $100 million that former President Barack Obama used to $10 million and will begin November 1. The funding for in-person enrollment into the program was also…

September 20, 2017
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ASU moves to fund ‘Dia de los Muertos’ gallery

By Noe Ortega Associate Student Union hosted its first meeting of the semester on Friday, where the board funded future projects and student rep fees. The 14th Annual Día De Los Muertos Student Alter Exhibit Reception was funded for $1,950. To recognize Chicanos in the arts, the Vincent Price Museum will hold the Dia De Los Muertos Art gallery for two months. Chicano figures Saul Lopez, Lalo Guerrero and Lupe…

September 20, 2017
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Mujeres de Paz to highlight domestic violence

By Gustavo Buenrostro Workshops, lectures, films and other activities will take place for the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in October. The month will begin with Mujeres de Paz, the 20th annual candlelight vigil and march against domestic violence. The event will start at Belvedere Park and continue through the ELAC Performing Arts complex. It will feature speeches from local dignitaries, ELAC administration, and East Los Angeles Women’s Center…

September 20, 2017
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DACA removal looms over trustees meeting

By Noe Ortega & Giselle Palomera The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was a major discussion point at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday. Los Angeles Community College District President Sydney Kamlager and East Los Angeles College President Marvin Martinez spoke about President Donald Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA. “That decision is cruel, uncomfortable and contradicts the American dream. Today I want to remind us all the importance of…

September 14, 2017
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Study suggests homeless population growing in LACCD

By Steven Adamo Homeless students within the Los Angeles Community College District are on the rise                      according to survey results                              reported by the Los Angeles Times. The survey was authored by Hope Lab, a non-profit                      …

September 14, 2017
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Husky cafe offers more food variety

September 14, 2017

By Giselle Palomera The Husky Café opened mid-August, making Pacific Dining Food Management Service the sole food service provider for all the nine Los Angeles Community College District campuses. Pacific Dining offers three different kitchen services. The Casa Solana kitchen offers students a variety of Mexican food. The Husky Grill offers burgers, hot sandwiches and other favorites like Pastrami. Block and Barrel offers deli sandwiches and paninis. “Students come to…

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SIS system crashes on first week of class, reverts to add slips

By Dorany Pineda On the second day of the Fall 2017 semester, the new Student Information System crashed while thousands of students at East Los Angeles College signed up for classes. Ruben Arenas, ELAC’s dean of institutional advancement, was at one of the SIS welcome stations by the Fiscal Office helping students navigate the system when he noticed it started slowing down. “We’re not sure what happened, but it could’ve…

September 14, 2017
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Graduates honored at ceremony

By Jordan Elias East Los Angeles College honored its graduates on Tuesday during a graduation ceremony at Weingart Stadium. “We are honored to be able to accomplish this for the students,” said ELAC President Marvin Martinez. Graduates’ families and friends were present in the event. Part of ELAC administratio spoke in front of the students and families. “You (for the students) could do it. You could graduated and now you…

June 7, 2017
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