Dream Act gives hope

By Yesenia Martinez Governor Jerry Brown signed the final portion of the California Dream Act on Saturday, allowing undocumented students to apply and receive state-funded financial aid in 2013 to attend college. In 2011, Brown signed two bills, AB 130 and AB 131, packaged as the California Dream Act. AB 130 was signed on July 25, which gives AB 540 students attending public colleges and universities the opportunity to apply and…

October 12, 2011
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Elans risk the health of others

By Freddy Monares People use their hands everyday.  These hands are used to meet new people, open doors, handle money and hold food. I remember being around five-years-old and my mother telling me to wash my hands after I touched anything. To this day I will not leave a restroom without turning on the faucet, slapping some soap on my hands and lathering them until clean. According to the United States…

October 6, 2011
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Renovation enhances ELAC campus

By Augustine Ugalde As East Los Angeles College marches along into its second decade of continuous construction projects, people seem divided on the changing image of the school. The endless construction has frustrated many Elans throughout the last decade with detours, parking problems and building access, just to name three. The completion of the F7 building, near the center of campus, has allowed much freer access through campus than students…

October 6, 2011
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Students look for scapegoat

By Augustine Ugalde It was suggested in this space last week that East Los Angeles College is somehow an unsafe place to be. The commentary advanced the notion that because of a vehicular burglary that resulted in the theft of a laptop, books and money from student Yadira Hernandez, we were all at risk when on campus. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is not a commentary that looks…

October 5, 2011
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Student friendly vending machines

  By Rodolfo Trujillo Vending machines need to dispense more vital supplies than chips and soda, even though reporters, especially certain opinion writers, like chips and soda. Imagine this scenario. It’s 8:45 p.m. and your pen has run out of ink. What could you do if no one has an extra pen to lend to you? The local store is too far to go and come back in a reasonable amount…

September 28, 2011
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Don’t take all general education classes first

By Yesenia Martinez Waiting to take major course work right before transferring or graduating can be foolish and costly. Most students enter college being undecided on their major. Students want to decide on a major early in their school career so it does not cause money or delays in the long run. It is a good idea for students who know what they want to major in to take introductory courses…

September 28, 2011
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School should be safer

By Cristina Galvan School should be a safe environment where students should not have to worry about having their belongings stolen. Last week, Yadira Hernandez had her car broken into in the parking structure. Among some of the things that were stolen were her laptop, books and money to pay for her classes. Since Hernandez is an AB 540 student she does not qualify for financial aid and therefore has to…

September 28, 2011
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Higher Education, higher prices

By Amanda Mayberry As a result of recent budget cuts, the Los Angeles Community College District has discontinued the $15 a semester I-TAP program, and is now offering the College/Vocational TAP. The College/Vocational TAP allows students to buy monthly reduced passes for $36 per month. Students who have 12 units or more must fill out an application,which can be found at the fiscal office on campus or on the Los…

September 22, 2011
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Bookstores disappearing

By Christian Valles Every year the number of bookstores in America is decreasing, and this troubles some people. Most parents and teachers have always encouraged reading. However, most children play Nintendo rather than picking up a book. Bookstores have always been a place where students could get lost for hours. An institution where one could discover ideas and worlds that, to some, were unimaginable. Recently, county libraries have been cutting back on their…

September 22, 2011
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Tax oil to fund education

By Isaac Tovar Proposition 1481 would place a 15 percent tax on crude oil extraction from California, on-shore and off-shore drilling sites, to fund education, from K through college. This will approximately produce $3 billion annually. If you have been anywhere near student activities lately you might have been asked to sign a petition for this Proposition to be put in the California ballot. $1.5 billion of that goes to community colleges,…

September 22, 2011
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