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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Elans pay $1 for representation

By Isaac Tovar It is for your advantage to vote “yes” in a special election today.  This small increase will give ELAC something students need the most during these economically tough times: a voice. Elans will be voting to pass a $1 additional fee to tuition that will allow students to be represented in our state Capitol and Board of Governors. Special elections will be held in front of the parking…

November 9, 2011
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The dangers of texting

By Edgar Lopez Most of us benefit from texting. It gives us the ability to communicate with others without having to call them. It can be a simple, innocent, sub-conscious act, but it can harm or annoy some people. Texters become a hazard to themselves when walking down the street. They feel a vibration or hear their phone calling and dig deep into their pocket for their phone and start…

November 2, 2011
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Scavengers help recycle

By Erik Luna Although it’s hip to be green now, some people have been doing their part for the green movement without realizing it. Late into the night people from all around the East Los Angeles community get their flashlights and gloves ready for a night of Dumpster-picking in hopes of finding a good score. Usually, a good score for them is finding aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Everyone who roams the…

November 2, 2011
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Students lack passion, drive to occupy ELAC

By Megan Perry A disappointing display of student activism, resulting from a poor showing at the Occupy ELAC protest, raises the question of students’ priorities. Occupy ELAC is a movement of students who are tired of the fee hikes and who feel they deserve a free higher education. So, one would think that students would show up to support one another and demonstrate to the government that they are tired of…

November 2, 2011
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