Financial Aid Office stops issuing Ability to Benefit examination

By Veronica Hurtado Starting July 2012 the school’s financial aid office will stop administering the Ability to Benefit test for students who do not have a high school diploma or GED. Students without a diploma or GED seeking financial aid had to the option of taking the ATB exam or waiting to complete at least six units toward a college degree or certificate to qualify for aid. Under the new July…

April 25, 2012
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American Civil Liberties Union stopped at ELAC to gain petition signatures

Updated Wednesday 4:23 p.m. By Erik Luna Due to the controversy of discriminatory laws, the American Civil Liberties Union’s cross-country caravan “Estamos Unidos” stopped at East Los Angeles College Monday afternoon to recruit students against laws such as SB 1070. The ACLU started to plan for the caravan in mid-March with stops in Santa Ana and San Diego. The caravan will then travel to neighboring state Arizona, on to Texas…

April 23, 2012
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Meet the ASU candidates

The time has come to vote for this year’s Associated Student Union board members. The elections will take place at the main campus next Wednesday and Thursday, and at the South Gate campus next Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There are nine candidates running for the various positions on the ASU board. The requirements to vote are that a student must attend East Los Angeles College,…

April 19, 2012
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ELAC awaits district approval of funds for construction of new facilities

By Rodolfo Trujillo While some ELAC students and instructors have state-of-the-art classrooms, others might have to wait months to find out if they will ever get to see a new facility. The Los Angeles Community College District is currently reviewing a request from ELAC to allow construction of the Science Career and Mathematics building, Baseball Field Renovation, Campus Student Center/Bookstore Complex and the Student Success and Retention Center. In October…

April 18, 2012
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ELAC host first-ever paranormal conference

  By Vivian Ramirez Alternate realities, extraterrestrial channels, and conversations with ghosts were hot topics at the First Annual East Los Angeles Paranormal Conference at East Los Angeles College last Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Psychology Club, hosted 11 paranormal organizations and vendors from Southern California. “This convention is to bring awareness to paranormal phenomenon and help families suffering from paranormal activity,”  Juan Martinez, Psychology Club member, said. “Parapsychology is…

April 18, 2012
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Faulty connection results in E7 flood

By Oliver Blanco A three and a quarter inch pipeline burst and flooded the E7 building basement, during spring break last Friday at approximately 1 p.m. While off duty, a member of the facilities department, whose name is being withheld, discovered the flood last Sunday at noon. “It was fate.  He (the Facilities Department member) had just come in on a Sunday afternoon to use the computer lab down in the…

April 18, 2012
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District clarifies smoking rules

By Vivian Ramirez Smokers at East Los Angeles College will no longer be able to light up in non-designated smoking areas, as the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees standardized the smoking policy last week to help cite violators. The amendment of current policy results from growing pressure from students and non-smoking organizations to reduce smoking at school. Former district policy dictates that no student or employee can smoke…

April 18, 2012
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Berkeley hits ELAC for ‘La Raza Day’

By Daniella Molina University of California, Berkeley students and volunteers arrived on campus to extend their “LA Raza Day” conference to Husky students on Saturday. The Raza Recruitment and Retention Center began 34 years ago on the Berkeley Campus. The organization is dedicated to increasing the number of RAZA students who attend UC Berkeley. Their focus is on the low income and underprivileged. “A lot of the reason that minority don’t…

March 31, 2012
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ELAC student follows his dream

By Ariana Renteria  The fresh air surrounds 24-year-old Jonathan Perez, an East Los Angeles College student, as he bikes down and around the streets of San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. He is undocumented and without any fear of being out of the shadows. When Perez was in tenth grade, he stood up against the idea that his classmates and he were being criminalized. Following a questioning and being…

March 28, 2012
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Students rally for a smoke free campus

By Freddy Monares A demonstration was held in order to raise awareness among students and rally to make ELAC a smoke-free campus, like Santa Monica College. Students from the respiratory therapy program demonstrated the difference between a healthy set of lungs and an unhealthy set of lungs with a sheep lung and a pig lung Wednesday and Thursday between the E-3 and E-5 buildings. Surveys were being given at the demonstration…

March 28, 2012
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