Journalists need practice, cooperation

    By Veronica Hurtado As I seek to become a professional journalist and  media representative, I need the assistance of my adviser, faculty, staff, students and administrators because I’m working to inform people on what is going on in the college. Yet, that assistance is sometimes denied. As a student journalist, I understand that I can’t force anyone to speak to me when I’m covering, the Board of Trustees, or…

April 25, 2012
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Television’s on a downward spiral

By Erik Luna Since its introduction in 1939, television has influenced the ideals and thoughts of people who glue their eyes to its screen. The $64,000 question is: “Is this a good thing or a bad thing? “ Television shows have plummeted in terms of educational programming. Instead of intellectual content, we have mind-numbing, sex-driven and borderline ignorant reality TV shows. “Jersey Shore,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and countless other drones of…

April 25, 2012
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Elans need to stay on top of technology

By Brian Villaba If you are having trouble keeping up with the waves of mobile technology, you better catch up.  If you don’t, you will be a dinosaur in a digital world. According to mashable.com, mobile commerce is expected to increase to $31 billion by 2016. In 2010 mobile commerce was $3 billion.  That is more than a 100 percent increase in six years.  There are some major implications from…

April 25, 2012
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Administration needs to fix fiscal concerns

By Brian Villalba Let there be no more pepper spray. Let there be no more explosions of anger and fear. Let us all work together and fix our fiscal problems. There have been two incidents recently of students getting pepper sprayed that were circulated on the Internet. The first video was from University of California, Davis in November, where students were sitting down peacefully protesting. A law enforcement officer used a Costco-sized pepper spray…

April 18, 2012
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Autism should not be ignored

By Edgar Lopez As a child, I would have punched anyone who would have called my autistic brother retarded. Some people are offended with certain terms and prefer others. Retarded is clearly an offensive term, not only to the person with autism but to the families and friends of that person. “Autism Spectrum Disorder and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development” which…

April 18, 2012
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Healthy choices benefit in long run

By Jane Fernandez Keeping up with a healthy diet can be hard for most college students, considering their hectic schedules. A small number of us may have the time to fix ourselves a good breakfast before going to school. However, not many of us even think about what we are going to eat for lunch, much less have time to pack lunch, find a place to heat it up at school…

March 21, 2012
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Elan’s safety should be top priority

By Erik Luna Should I cross now? No, how about now? It’s been over five minutes, I have to get to class already. The students who park in the hills behind East Los Angeles College know the fear of crossing Floral Dr. during rush hour. Busy bodies from East Los Angeles and Monterey Park zip through this street on their way back from lunch or to rush back home. Usually there will…

March 21, 2012
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Santa Monica College fees are good

By Brian Villalba Time is not on your side. Santa Monica College will be offering additional courses at an extra fee for students when all the scheduled classes are full. This is a great idea for East Los Angeles College. This service will cost $200 per unit. That could be up to $1,000 for just one class. If you are trying to transfer or graduate, then this is a way to pay extra…

March 21, 2012
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Santa Monica College’s two-tier tuition afflicts community college students

By Veronica Hurtado Increasing the cost of high demand classes by approximately 400 percent, while still offering the same classes at a regular price may be a fine solution for colleges to increase class offerings but it’s an unfair deal for students. Last week, Santa Monica College announced that due to budget cuts it would have to raise tuition from $36 to $46 per unit. In addition, the school also plans…

March 18, 2012
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Culture doesn’t define who you are

  By Brian Villalba If you are not having an identity crisis while you are at East Los Angeles College, you probably should be. The old way of identifying which group you were supposed to assimilate to was race and culture. If you still use those things to determine your identity, then it is time to evolve beyond the race/culture mind set. ELAC is a cultural melting pot, which is a perfect…

March 14, 2012
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