Construction head gets free pass for next year

By Christopher Yee Despite evidence that the former head of the Los Angeles Community College District’s building program misused and mismanaged funds, the district Board of Trustees has not yet terminated his contract. Instead, the board voted unanimously last Wednesday to put Larry Eisenberg on one-year’s notice of his contract’s termination and then placed him on administrative leave, effectively removing him from his position. ELAC Academic Senate vice president Jeffrey…

March 16, 2011
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Colleges unite for fee hikes

March 10, 2011

  By Daniella Molina East Los Angeles College students will have the chance to participate in a state-wide event called “Hands Across California” on April 17. The event will consist of approximately 1.5 million people holding hands across the state to protest the fee increases in higher education and raise funds for scholarships to benefit Californians attending community colleges. The purpose is to illustrate the value of California community colleges…

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ELAC considers hiring freeze

By Jessica Alvarez With a five percent budget cut approaching, East Los Angeles College is contemplating a hiring freeze in order to spend money more wisely. The possible hiring freeze means that any hiring requests must have a special request form signed by President Moreno before having it submitted to the district. The California Community College systems’ full-time to part-time faculty ratio is supposed to be 75 percent to 25…

March 10, 2011
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E1 building open for business

March 10, 2011

  By Megan Perry Student Services are in full swing as they finish their recent move from the scattered bungalows to the new E1 building during these past days. The E1 building is a long-needed improvement which is designed to better serve the student body. Each of the departments now have spacious offices in the new building, according to student workers. Dean of Admissions Jeremy Allred feels the new building…

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District-wide priority registration poses threat to current, new Elans

By Augustine Ugalde Jr. In what one faculty member calls a discriminatory policy, the Los Angeles Community College District is taking the community out of community colleges with its priority registration policy. The policy gives priority registration to LACCD students throughout the district with the greatest number of units earned no matter which school those units were earned. This policy supercedes the practice of allowing individual district schools such as…

March 3, 2011
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Financial Aid workshop aid students

By Jane Fernandez Attendees sat under a green tent marked “Financial Aid Office,” in bold capital letters in order to inquire information about financial aid on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The financial aid office, currently located on C 2.3, hosted a workshop to help students understand the processes of applying for financial aid. They have hosted similar workshops in the past. These workshops provide general information to students and provide answers…

March 3, 2011
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Club organizes response

March 2, 2011

By Martha Duran Members of the Political Science Club yesterday gathered to discuss the Los Angeles Times’s story regarding the misuse of funds by the Los Angeles Community College District. “We are in the news, and most (students) don’t know,” said Melissa Robles. The article published on Sunday raised concerns for students, especially those who work and pay taxes. “Notices such as these are discouraging and make you wonder,” said…

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Campus reacts to exposé

March 2, 2011

By Edgar Lopez Officials from the Los Angeles Community College District and East Los Angeles College were quick to respond to claims of impropriety regarding their use of bond money. A Los Angeles Times article published Sunday said the district acted irresponsibly in decision-making and the managing of funds, based on research their reporters had done. “I think they’re only telling part of the story,” said Vice President of Academic…

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Elan pursues seat on Bell council

By Augustine Ugalde Jr. Throwing herself directly into the maelstrom caused by the Bell scandal, current Elan Imelda Serrano hopes to become one of the city’s newest council members. Serrano, 29, is on the March 8 ballot that will decide the five seats left vacant as a result of gross improprieties conducted by the former administration. According to the 18-year resident of the city, she has decided to run for…

March 1, 2011
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Instructors are divided as they are forced to turn down students.

February 16, 2011

By Edgar Lopez The current overcrowded situation at East Los Angeles College has placed a great deal of pressure on not only students, but on instructors as well. While students only face a few instructors in order to add, instructors face countless students they must turn away. “It’s sad,” said Jeffrey Hernandez, an ELAC political science instructor, who believes that a computer generated random drawing is the only fair way…

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