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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Student journalists win at state convention

By Lourdes Espinoza Part of East Los Angeles College’s Campus News’ staff won awards at the 57th annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state convention winning a total of five awards last weekend. Rodolfo Trujillo, writer and copyeditor, won first place in copyediting. Trujillo said, “I’m very honored to have won that. I’ve been going to JACC for a few years now and I was really, really surprised when I won….

March 28, 2012
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State cuts to modify CSU regulations

By Vivian Ramirez With the possibility of a $200 million budget cut pending the tax initiative in the November elections, California State Universities may shut their doors to new students for the Spring 2013 semester and create  a wait list of applicants for Fall 2013. The CSU system will turn down an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 student applicants for the 2012-13 school year. But freezing Spring enrollment at many campuses is…

March 28, 2012
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Decision to debar contractor for five years from LACCD projects overruled

By Freddy Monares The decision to debar FTR International from performing work on any of the schools in the Los Angeles Community College District for five years was overruled by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Mar. 3. Honorable Judge Jane Johnson ruled that the board did not have proper evidence to support their claims against FTR and did not allow due process when debarring FTR. Due…

March 28, 2012
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Former baseball player slides home

By Carlos Alvarez Head varsity baseball coach at Roosevelt High School and former East Los Angeles College baseball standout Ramon Ruiz continues to share his experience of what it takes to make it to the major leagues. “I have always taken pride in the community and try to give back anyway I can.  It’s an honor to coach at my high school alma mater,” Ruiz said. Upon graduating from Roosevelt…

March 21, 2012
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Club raises awareness on deaf community

By Amanda Mayberry The Chatting Hands Club is using their voices and their hands to advocate their message to students and the world. The president of the club Aron Camargo said, “We want to inform people that deafness isn’t a disorder and people shouldn’t be embarrassed to communicate with the deaf.” This spring semester is Camargo’s first time as president, though he has been a member since the club first…

March 21, 2012
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Instructor writes motivational parody

By Yessenia Martinez Professor Tom Atha, Speech Communication and Theater Arts Department, wrote a spoof on motivational books, named “Forever FWAP.” The e-book is a fast read and mainly about the character Lucky. Lucky is failing without a pause, FWAP, in everything he attempts on doing and he is proud of it. An e-book version was published on August 22 by Amazon.com. He started writing the book about ten years ago,…

March 21, 2012
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