Elans need VTEA survey

By Anna Ortega More than 50 percent of East Los Angeles College students who are registered to classes requesting a Vocational and Technical Education Act survey, haven’t done it. VTEA was created to determine where funds were needed most. Some solutions proposed to improve the college education system are are to make tuition free. Others are requesting lower unit fees and some others just want to stop the cuts on…

November 23, 2011
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ELAC should not be a dead end

By Jason R. Farabaugh Community college students get lost in the shuffle. Where are the guidance counselors? The foundation that’s been built through elementary, middle and high school is proving to be cracked as students are finding it difficult to make the adjustment into community college. According to the Community College Review, a website that offers reviews on community colleges throughout the country, 70 percent of California community college students…

November 23, 2011
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Accept the reality of ‘Occupy’

By Brian Villalba Wake up people. Occupy East Los Angeles College is advocating for you, and they are doing it for free. Active and/or passive support is the only rational expression of your opinion. Occupy ELAC is acting in your own best interests so, there is no way you can rationally be against this movement and still be acting in your own best interests. For such a large population to act…

November 23, 2011
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Occupy ELAC protesters fail to understand journalism ethics

By Augustine Ugalde After receiving numerous complaints about an opinion piece directed toward the Occupy ELAC movement, it became clear that the protesters need to be educated about journalistic ethics. Campus News, the journalism department and I have come under heavy criticism for the opinions I expressed regarding some of the protester’s demands. The protesters took their complaints personally, by visiting CN to protest, submitting letters to the editor, posting on…

November 16, 2011
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Occupy ELAC leads toward affordable, accessible education

Letter to the Editor: Deepening budget cuts have prompted a group of students to mobilize and collectively express their grievances with Sacramento and local authorities on how funds are allocated. Amidst our generation’s slew of distractions, Occupy ELAC has managed to join together and create public discourse about our prospects for education. What does Occupy ELAC want? Ask any occupier and you’ll get a unique answer. One of Occupy ELAC’s…

November 16, 2011
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Older students have same value as younger students

By Augustine Ugalde Is deferring registration for older students a responsible, moral decision? This is a question posed by Scott Lay, Community College League of California President. I think not. The proposal to limit enrollment into California community colleges by prioritizing registration for recent high school graduates was advanced by Lay last week in Sacramento. Lay circulated his idea via mass e-mail to community college academic senates throughout the state last week…

November 16, 2011
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Occupy ELAC demands unrealistic

By Augustine Ugalde We all learn that this road called life is difficult for the most part, but it can be rich and rewarding for those who dare to take a chance. The grounds of East Los Angeles College are currently playing host to a group of hardy souls who have had enough of state budget cuts and have decided to protest this injustice with a show of solidarity. The exact…

November 9, 2011
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Abuse victims need to speak up

By Johanna Calderon Domestic violence is the biggest crime and victims don’t want to report it. Most mothers do not want to call the police because they may have children and do not have another place to stay or an income. Because they have no other place to go, they stay with their abusing father, who continues abusing the mother. This traumatizes the children, resulting in an unhappy childhood. The…

November 9, 2011
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Elans should be ready for class registration

By Thy Lam Being prepared for class registration always helps students get their needed classes before they are all filled up. Because classes are being cut every semester and filled quickly, students need to review educational plans carefully before registering. Reviewing educational plans is a good way for students to know which classes they need for their specific major or for future transfer. Some classes require prerequisites and corequisites, and students…

November 9, 2011
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