Matheson takes control of women’s swim team

By Jane Fernandez After going a decade without a swim team, East Los Angeles College will now be lead by experienced swim coach Erik Matheson. Matheson’s experience dates back to when he attended Culver City High School. Matheson played other sports such as soccer, but due to a knee injury, he was led to aquatics. He was part of the swim team for four years, where he earned and still holds three…

November 2, 2011
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Students occupy ELAC for fair, free education

By Yesenia Martinez Students that are angry with fee hikes and cutting of classes and the budget are taking action by occupying East Los Angeles College to ensure a fair and free education for all. The purpose of Occupy ELAC is to achieve the goal of getting student voices across to Governor Jerry Brown about the education crisis. They want  affordable education for all students and to stop budget cuts that…

November 2, 2011
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Self-defense tactics get students involved

By Lourdes Espinoza As part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Violence Intervention Team hosted “Common Sense Self-Defense” where Marilyn Ladd taught students how to defend themselves from sexual assault. Ladd, Women’s P.E. Instructor and Violence Intervention Team member, demonstrated self-defense moves to students last Thursday in the Women’s Gym. Students were taught how they could use common self-defense tips if they are ever in an unwanted confrontation with a…

October 26, 2011
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Occupy ELAC to show student hardships

By Cristina Galvan Motivated by the Occupy movements, East Los Angeles College students plan on protesting against budget cuts in what they call Occupy ELAC this Monday. ELAC and other schools have experienced budget cuts throughout the past semesters, and tuition has increased. This semester, tuition has been raised to $36 per unit from the $26 per unit of last semester. It is expected to be raised even more. Besides paying for…

October 26, 2011
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Survivor recounts past abuse in film

By Ruth Calcoa Sonia Rivera, director of the Sexual Assault Program at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, said  her objective is to stop violence on campus. Violence seems to be escalating each year, according to Rivera. Rivera visits campuses from middle schools to universities to raise more awareness on domestic violence and the dangers it poses. “Parents are usually the last to know. We as peers, friends, teachers and…

October 20, 2011
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Campus News wins big

By Megan Perry A journalism conference at California State University, Fullerton over the weekend resulted in the most awards Campus News has won in more than 10 years. The Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ convention included all registered community colleges from Southern California. Schools competed against one another for the top spot, and East Los Angeles College came home with 14 awards in various competitions. Last year, ELAC went home with…

October 19, 2011
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Faculty learns to use evacuation device

By Joseph Recinos Evacuating disabled and injured Elans with limited mobility from an earthquake or other campus disaster was the focus of a school-wide tutorial last Thursday. The Evacu-Trac CD7, which is a rolling chair that facilitates the evacuation of disabled or injured people, was demonstrated to East Los Angeles College faculty and staff. Because of its unique design, the CD7 is as completely stable on stairs as it is on…

October 19, 2011
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ELAC does bare minimum to prepare for big quake

By Rodolfo Trujillo While other organizations statewide prepare for the big earthquake that will inevitably hit California, East Los Angeles College will do a simple evacuation drill. Tomorrow is the Great California ShakeOut and ELAC will be joining almost 10 million people throughout the state in testing out its emergency response in the event of an earthquake.  Other organizations will have a simulated earthquake drill. Some people will act as…

October 19, 2011
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