Elan poster on pedophilia wins first-place during community college state conference

By Edward Singleton Psychology major Jose Luna’s poster on pedophilia and abnormal sexual behavior won first place at the 12th Annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference for California Community Colleges. The event was hosted by UC Irvine in March.  More than 34 community colleges participated. Participants competed in three categories: oral presentation, group presentation and poster presentation.  “I couldn’t find my poster anywhere…they didn’t even tell me…

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ELAC host first-ever paranormal conference

  By Vivian Ramirez Alternate realities, extraterrestrial channels, and conversations with ghosts were hot topics at the First Annual East Los Angeles Paranormal Conference at East Los Angeles College last Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Psychology Club, hosted 11 paranormal organizations and vendors from Southern California. “This convention is to bring awareness to paranormal phenomenon and help families suffering from paranormal activity,”  Juan Martinez, Psychology Club member, said. “Parapsychology is…

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ELAC’s Shawnta Barnes qualifies for state finals

By Tadzio Garcia Shawnta (Shawn-Tay) Barnes will be advancing to the state championships in the heptathlon after overcoming one of her fears in the event to place second at the SoCal Heptathlon Championships, Tuesday, April 10 at Cerritos College in the first qualifying postseason meet of the year. When asked what difficulties Barnes had with the heptathlon Barnes said, “The 800 run, that’s all.” In previous 800 races this season and…

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‘Plumed Serpent’ shows the real Quetzalcoatl

By Maria Gonzalez The “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico” is the latest Latin exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that captures Mesoamerica deity Quetzalcoatl with late Pre-Columbian art and material and the trade-work that happened during that period. The exhibit explores the complexity of  the Nahua, Mixtec and Zapotec communities that were located in the south of Mexico, known as…

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Horror movie offers interesting twist

  By Kien Ha “The Cabin in the Woods,” makes unexpected twists and offers a new perspective into the horror movie clichés. The film, which was directed by Joss Whedon, begins with two technicians (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) having a conversation at what appears to be an ordinary work facility. They discuss an unexplained operation that is underway, and head to make preparation. Meanwhile, packing for a road trip,…

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Big Daddy’s burgers arouses taste buds

By Brian Villalba Close to the last stop on the Gold Line are the aromas of oak wood fire grilled burgers, sausages and sandwiches.  Big Daddy’s Fire Grill lives up to its promise before you even enter the restaurant.  Within a 200 foot radius you can smell the oak wood aroma. The menu reads like a backyard barbeque menu being hosted by a celebrity chef.  Angus beef is a staple…

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1920s ‘Nosferatu’ still impresses

By David Bilbao “Nosferatu” is a known classic in the movie business, living through 90 years as an original tale of horror and fright. “Nosferatu” first premiered March 5, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. Nosferatu lived on, telling its tale elsewhere in the world throughout the decades. In the same month of its premiere, Mohanda’s Ganhndi was being imprisoned six years for disobedience by British magistrates, Babe Ruth signed on for three…

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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…

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Tournament encourages softball pitcher

By Dulce Carillo  It all happened at a high school softball tournament in East Los Angeles College where the softball coaches encouraged a young pitcher to try out for the team. Janessa Martinez, 19, is one of the softball team’s starting pitchers. Her coaches consider her a consistent player. When out of the field, the team looks comfortable when Martinez is up on the mound. “Work hard” is what Martinez believes doing…

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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…

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