Break leaves unfinished business

May 1, 2011

      By Augustine Ugalde During the recent spring break it occurred to me that this break is counterproductive to advancing student education. The students at East Los Angeles College have spent the last nine weeks attending classes, doing homework, visiting tutoring labs and studying in order to accomplish their academic goals. Most students find comfort and a sense of continuity in a routine that includes going to class…

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ASU spends lots, benefits few

By Edgar Lopez  The Associated Student Union offered members free tacos in order to encourage them to vote in the ASU election two weeks ago. What’s so wrong with that? The problem was that they overestimated how many members would vote and ended up giving tacos away to anyone on campus. Cash was misspent, and that’s a huge thing with budget cuts going around. It was cash that could used…

May 1, 2011
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Sheriff’s Dept. ignores smoking problem

By Augustine Ugalde, Jr. It has been about a year since ELAC decided that enough was enough in regards to smoking cigarettes on campus. Falling short of banning the practice of smoking on campus altogether, the powers that be chose to designate three areas and only three areas on campus where smoking would be allowed. Because of the construction of the latest parking facility at the northeast corner of campus,…

April 4, 2011
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Elans struggle to find places to eat

By Jose Zuniga I just got a ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce and tomato on rye, with fries and a coke. Now, where do I eat? Elans used to have a cafeteria which served as both an in-door place to eat and a lounge for students to just hang out before class or meet up with friends to chat. It even had video games and a pool table. The…

March 23, 2011
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Drivers idle while gas goes up

By Nora Vincent I was in auto-centric downtown Los Angeles about two weeks ago around Olvera Street and saw a price sign at a gas station. Regular gasoline was selling for $4.59 a gallon. A station near my house in Monterey Park was selling it for $3.99 a gallon. Before the disruptions occurred in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya the average price for a gallon of gas in Los Angeles was…

March 23, 2011
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Ignorance entangled in web

March 23, 2011

By Augustine Ugalde Jr. The sooner people realize that we’re all in this world together, the better off we’ll all be. Most East Los Angeles College denizens have seen the anti-Asian rant conducted by current University of California, Los Angeles student Alexandra Wallace on YouTube. Wallace felt it necessary to voice her message of bigotry and intolerance for all the world to see last week on an Internet post that…

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Elans ill prepared for quake

March 21, 2011

By Augustine Ugalde The devastating news coming from Japan following the colossal 9.0 earthquake suffered March 10 can only be described as shocking and horrific. We have all seen the devastating videos and news reports chronicling the utter despair the Japanese people have endured during the past week. By some reports, the earthquake suffered in Northern Japan was more than 3,000 times more intense than the Northridge quake of 1994….

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Elans need Planned Parenthood

By Abraham Jauregui   Ask a Republican in the House of Representatives whether family planning, breast cancer treatment, disease awareness, prevention and screening should be federally funded and they will say no. In an attempt to save government spending, they proposed to cut funds to a program that has aided local communities for years. Apparently, family planning is not part of the Republican’s core values. An amendment, proposed by Indiana…

March 11, 2011
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ELAC should not pay for a bad job

By Augustine Ugalde   I’m confused. Will somebody please explain this to me? Call me naïve; call me ignorant, I don’t care.  I have big shoulders. I can take it, but I must say that all this ruckus coming out of the Los Angeles Community College District by way of the Los Angeles Times has me confused. The Times has made some very pointed, critical and highly charged accusations about…

March 11, 2011
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District Chancellor puzzles with responses

Editorial Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The saying is old, but it is more than enough to make the average Elan wonder why Los Angeles Community College District chancellor Daniel LaVista was so quick to dismiss the concerns brought up by the Los Angeles Times’s six-part investigative series on the district. After 18 months of looking at district documents and interviewing officials, Finnegan and Holland concluded that “tens of millions…

March 11, 2011
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