Board aims for improvement

April 4, 2011

  By Veronica Huertado The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees made changes to its meeting policy in order to allow better oversight of their many programs, especially construction. The board decided to separate monthly meetings to improve on keeping board members and the community informed. In a packed downtown Los Angeles district office, the board voted to amend the format of the monthly board and committee meetings….

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Cheaters target Elans

April 4, 2011

    By Faith Lee Flyers that promote cheating are targeting international students around campus. The flyers are written in Chinese, so no administrators had realized that the flyers violated school rules. The flyers promote the service’s ability to coach student how to write, but in reality, they write papers for students. The illegal flyers are located on the bulletin board next to the parking structure, around the E3, E5…

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Dance teacher remembered

March 23, 2011

  By Edgar Lopez The death of dance instructor Miyoko Komori has affected not only East Los Angeles College, but the community as well. Komori was born in 1930 in Osaka, Japan and resided in Downey, where she passed away in her home on Jan. 23 at the age of 80. Her funeral services were held on Jan. 31. “We have a great absence,” said Wanda Lee Evans, a fellow…

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Stirrat departs from ELAC

March 23, 2011

  By Christina Rocha For more than half his lifetime, Jon-Jon Stirrat has dedicated his life to helping high school students go to college. “I am happy that I am retiring from ELAC and most of all I will miss the students,” said Stirrat, who retired this winter. His duties were coordinating outreach for East Los Angeles College to reach out to the high school students and to the community,…

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Organization aids disabled youths

March 23, 2011

    By Hugo Dominguez Jr. Disabled children and young adults expand their possibilities with the help of a non-profit organization called AbilityFirst. AbilityFirst helps youths ages 5-22 with physical and developmental disabilities by focusing on their capabilities and expanding their possibilities. The organization has 24 facilities in Southern California that offer various programs and services including employment, housing, recreational and socialization activities, and camping. “AbilityFirst centers have seen success,”…

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Bookstore to expand book rental program in Fall 2011

By Manuela Ramos The East Los Angeles College Bookstore has expanded its book rental program for the upcoming semesters due to the high cost of textbooks. As education gets more expensive, students are often looking for ways to cut spending. The bookstore offers a limited amount of books that students are allowed to rent for a semester for a price cheaper than the textbook actually costs. Some classes have books…

March 23, 2011
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Homeboy Industries founder inspires student activism

March 23, 2011

  By Sonia Saavendra A crowd of enthusiastic Elans welcomed Father Gregory J. Boyle with his message of unity and hope for the future to the Edison Auditorium last Thursday. East Los Angeles College’s Puente Project helped arrange for Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, to speak to Elans. Boyle received his Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s of Divinity from the Weston School of…

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Faculty, staff erase accreditation warning

By Layla Fernandez   East Los Angeles College has announced that since last June it has been in good standing without sanctions with the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In March, ELAC was given recommendations by the Accreditation Response Group on how to improve the campus. The recommendations were to make a handbook to show the planning and budgeting to ensure improvements based on the data. Another recommendation…

March 23, 2011
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Alumnus develops new underwater technology

March 23, 2011

  By Jessica Alvarez East Los Angeles College alumnus Dr. Thomas I. Valdez spoke to members of the Priory of Biology and Chemistry and the Chemistry Club about his new project last Wednesday. Valdez’s project, “Energy Harvesting for Underwater Monitoring,” consists of a probe that is dropped into the ocean and it can not only measure the different ocean temperatures and salinity, but it can also recharge itself. “This is…

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Elan copes with disaster in Japan

March 23, 2011

  By Christopher Yee Miki Itsubo finds herself preoccupied in English class these days. She came to the United States from Japan in 2006 so that she could improve her English, but she still has difficulty keeping up with the pace of in-class discussions. Her current problem, however, is not listening comprehension. Despite the fact that English 103 is the last class she needs to complete her transfer requirements, Itsubo’s…

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