Watchdog hiring under investigation by Los Angeles City

By Rodolfo Trujillo Los Angeles Community College District Inspector General Christine Marez released a report last week stating that there was the possibility of “improper design-build scoring,” and alleged coercion in district bond construction. The improprieties were reported to have occurred at West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Mission College Marez’s report comes a week after Board President Miguel Santiago announced that Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel will…

September 28, 2011
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Chief justice takes charge

September 22, 2011

By Rodolfo Trujillo James Garcia, Associated Student Union president has answered the call to serve. Garcia has had a challenging road just to make it to school every day, trying to balance school, while caring for an ailing family member and performing his duties.   After graduating from St. Paul High School, Garcia got into real estate and insurance sales for about four years. It is around this time that…

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Discontinued TAP cards upsets students

By Christian Valles The Metro I-TAP program ended on June 6 with no future plans to continue the program at East Los Angeles College, which has left many students scrambling to find reasonable alternatives. Metro has offered an alternative to full time students, $36 a month student discount tap pass. The alternative has left one student questioning this action by Metro. David, who declined to give a last name, has…

September 22, 2011
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Clubs help families for Thanksgiving

By Jane Fernandez Thanksgiving is more than two months away, but some Elans are already working to help collect enough food to feed many low-income families. The Feminist Club and the East Los Angeles College Students for Political Awareness, ESPA, joined together on Friday to host a canned food drive for low-income families for Thanksgiving. “Children are waking up hungry and going to sleep hungry, the only food they get is…

September 22, 2011
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Husky Store relocates to B-1 complex

By Ruth Caloca This fall semester has brought  changes to East Los Angeles College, and among them is the relocation of the Husky Store. The store was located at the center of campus between the F-7 and F-5 buildings and there was always a line during store hours. Over the summer, the Husky Store went from being located at ELAC’s core to a hidden bungalow at the far east side of…

September 22, 2011
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ELAC hosts oil tax debate

   By Justine Quintana Professor, author and lead proponent of Proposition 1481, Peter Matthews, visited East Los Angeles College last Thursday to debate on how taxing oil companies will affect students. Anita Mangels, project director  for Woodward and McDowell, a ballot measure and issue advocacy firm, was on the opposing side. Mangels stated that California does not need higher taxes, but better spending strategies. Mangels took the stage with Mathews, a professor…

September 22, 2011
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Wieder takes reign

    By Bryan Pedroza To fill a vacant spot, Tyree Wieder is coming out of retirement to serve as East Los Angeles College’s interim president until the Los Angeles Community College District finds a permanent president. “Community colleges are dedicated to students, to do everything they can and enhance student success, class offerings, and student services,” said Weider. One of her key goals is to finalize all aspects of…

September 14, 2011
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Budget cuts affect ELAC

By Erik Luna   The budget cuts that East Los Angeles College has suffered may soon cause changes in the academic year, and may cause problems for both students and instructors. These budget cuts have made many instructors at ELAC think twice about how they are running their classes, and what can be done to maintain a responsible use of materials. With the changes being brought forth by the district’s…

September 14, 2011
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Moreno retires as president on first day of class

By Freddy Monares The longest serving president in the history of the Los Angeles Community College District, Ernest H. Moreno retired August 30 from East Los Angeles College. Moreno was President of the college for nearly 18 years, during his tenure at ELAC. Moreno’s departure took the whole spring semester, as he made his goodbye speeches at every event he attended. “We tried to talk him out of it,” said Dennis Sanchez, an English instructor at ELAC, who was present around the…

September 14, 2011
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‘Dream’ to improve student success

  By Tierra Oliver As an introduction to the Achieving the Dream program at East Los Angeles College, staff and faculty met to discuss ways to improve student success. AtD is a national effort to increase student success in community colleges, and it uses student outcome data to act on institutional change, knowledge development and policy change. Staff and faculty reviewed student data put together by ELAC’s office of Institutional…

September 14, 2011
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