Speech Team performs award-winning selections

By Giselle Palomera Members of the East Los Angeles College Speech team presented  award-winning performances using comedy, poetry, rhetoric, drama and wit to engage the audience into their individual topics on Monday and Tuesday. Among the topics highlighted were Donald Trump’s Wall, the lack of diversity in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics program, being cheated on in a relationship, American military intervention in Ukraine, and being a stay-at-home father….

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Christmas shopping takes joy out of holidays

By Michael Dominguez Holidays are supposed to be filled with joy, but instead people take the joy out by wasting their time and money in Christmas shopping. Waiting in lines and spending  money  takes the joy out of the holidays. When customers go to places like malls and Walmarts, the joy is gone because they can’t find the gifts they are looking for. Customers think they are saving money with…

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Final arts lecture of semester features ceramics

By Jorge Vasquez Skilled ceramic artist and professor Joan Takayama-Ogawa was the last to lecture for the fall as part of the visiting artist lecture series held by the Art Department. Takayama-Ogawa’s experience and expertise stems from her family’s involvement in ceramics, that reaches back six generations, as well as her extensive educational background. Most of the inspiration for her ceramic work, whether it be a statement or decorative piece,…

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Guns on campus to save student lives

By Joe Dargan Students, 21 or older with concealed carry licenses, are now allowed to bring guns into community college classrooms in 10 states which could save someone’s life. Senate bill 11, otherwise known as the “Campus Carry” bill, was signed into law by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in 2015, but didn’t go into effect for community colleges until August of 2017. The states of Texas, Colorado and Mississippi…

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‘Lend Me A Tenor’ delivers big laughs

By Steven Adamo Quick dialogue mixed with chaotic scenes make ELAC’s Theater Arts department’s rendition of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” hilarious and enjoyable. The play takes place entirely within a two-room hotel suite in 1930’s Cleveland. Designed by ELAC Theater Arts staff Tesshi Nakagawa, with the assistance of Mio Okada and Katherine Cordero, the set was beautifully crafted and sprinkled with decorations reflective of the time. Garrett Witzl…

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Comic book movies evolve to better quality

By Frank Portillo The comic book films released this year show the evolution of quality storytelling in the genre and even includes a couple of films that should be considered for Best Picture nominations. Aside from the flub that was “Justice League,” every comic book film released this year shows  the diversity of the genre and its sub-genres. “Wonder Woman” and “Logan” are prime examples of the films that should…

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Rupi Kaur butchers modern poetry

By Giselle Palomera The Instagram poet Rupi Kaur has changed poetry culture with over simplicity and a Tumblr-like style that destroys the complexity of poetry. Simplicity can co-exist with complexity in poetry. Poets like R.H Sin and Louise Gluck have found ways to use simplicity in poetry without losing  the complexity of their meaning. Kaur has been an upcoming poet in the social media realm with over 1.9 million followers….

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Holidays celebrated with a little jazz

By Jorge Vazquez Starting the jolly month on the right foot, the ELAC Jazz band held a holiday jazz concert Friday. The concert took place in the S2 recital hall and was free to students and community members alike. It was Jazz Ensemble Director Bobby Chavez’s first show in his new position. Last year, he was assistant director to Bob Dawson. Chavez went from lead trumpet in recitals last year…

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Marijuana prohibition laws harm the innocent

By Steven Adamo In an interview with KPCC  radio, Cat Packer, the new executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, said that people who had been negatively affected by marijuana prohibition should have an opportunity to participate in the legal industry. “We have spent millions and billions of dollars incarcerating people for a plant and substance that now under California law is not a drug,” Packer said….

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