Students bike the extra mile

  By Brian Villalba The East Los Angeles College Feminist Club and ELAC Students for Political Awareness have achieved their goal of raising funds for the Students and Soldiers Justice Memorial. Saturday was the 15-mile bike ride for the SJM foundation, which assists homeless students and student veterans. SJM is an organization of students for students, with special attention to the difficulties student veterans have to cope with.  SJM foundation’s mission…

March 14, 2012
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AFT protests removal of representative chair in board meetings

By J.C. Casarez While the Board of Trustees met on Wednesday afternoon at East Los Angeles College, angry protesters representing the American Federation of Teachers College Staff Guild, Local 1521A gathered outside. According to Union President Velma J. Butler, the cause for protest is over the removal of their representative chair from the board’s meetings.“For 25 years we have been a part of the decision making (process), but now we…

March 12, 2012
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Helen Miller Bailey Library set to open first day of summer session

By Vivian Ramirez Students can expect a high-tech learning environment and modernized study space with the opening of the Helen Miller Bailey Library on the first day of summer classes. The renovation of the library includes an expansion of the building by 11,850 sq. ft., a more helpful study environment, and upgrades to service areas and technology. The new library will occupy a total a total of 56,241 sq. ft. The…

March 7, 2012
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ELAC Auto graduates awarded with ASE certificates

By Isaac Tovar East Los Angeles College automotive program graduates earned a technologically challenging certificate designed to improve their employment chances. They were recognized at ceremony and dinner Wednesday in the auto tech building. Twelve students participated in an exam this semester that is preparatory of the industry standard Automotive Service Excellence certification tests. These exams aren’t limited to graduates only, as instructors encourage some students to take them before graduating. However,…

March 7, 2012
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Engineers celebrates a ‘night of sciences’

By Jorge Lopez Noche de Ciencias, or night of sciences, is the wrap up of a week long celebration of engineers known as E-week. Students along with their parents filled the foyer of the auditorium Friday evening as the engineering club held the event. Other events throughout the week included guest speaker Juan Jose, former president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the relocation of a sundial monument to the…

March 1, 2012
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Enrollment limitations begin in summer

By Rodolfo Trujillo Starting this summer students will not be able to attempt a class more than three times.  Students will now be limited to receiving three letter grades or a “W” for any one class, or a combination therof. To understand the new system that was ordered by the state, Richard Moyer, vice president of academic affairs, said that the key thing to remember is, “You have to take…

February 29, 2012
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Cal Grant requirements to rise

By Vivian Ramirez Many East Los Angeles College students who have received Cal Grants in the past may no longer qualify for them due to proposed higher grade point average requirements. California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal earlier this year in the 2012-13 state budget plan that will save the state an estimated $372 million throughout the year. The changes affecting Cal Grant A will raise the required GPA from…

February 29, 2012
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East L.A. College stands to lose $4 million

By Vivian Ramirez The state Executive Committee of the District Budget Committee (ECDBC) is currently drafting a new allocation formula for the distribution of funds to the Los Angeles Community College District that would cost ELAC an estimated $4 million. The District Budget Committee (DBC) oversees the development of the district’s budgets, makes recommendations to the budget and monitors college debt and attempts to reduce it.  Currently, the allocation model…

February 29, 2012
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Carol Lem: Longtime professor, poet left indelible mark

By Megan Perry Adored and admired poet and teacher, Carol Lem, died of cancer February 11, leaving her mark on East Los Angeles College and in the Los Angeles literary world. She was a petite woman who stood approximately five feet tall, but her power and influence were gigantic. “I always admired that somebody who was not at all physically intimidating carried her weight and got her way out there,” said…

February 29, 2012
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FTR barred for fraud

By Freddy Monares The Los Angeles Community College District debarred FTR International, Inc. on Feb. 8 at a meeting held at Los Angeles Harbor College from bidding or performing District contracts for up to five years. A committee of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District held the three-day hearing, Dec. 6, 8 and 9 of 2011. FTR was the low bidder on the Math/Science building at…

February 29, 2012
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