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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…

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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…

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Ignorance entangled in web

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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Dance teacher remembered

  By Edgar Lopez The death of dance instructor Miyoko Komori has affected not only East Los Angeles College, but the community as well. Komori was born in 1930 in Osaka, Japan and resided in Downey, where she passed away in her home on Jan. 23 at the age of 80. Her funeral services were held on Jan. 31. “We have a great absence,” said Wanda Lee Evans, a fellow…

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Stirrat departs from ELAC

  By Christina Rocha For more than half his lifetime, Jon-Jon Stirrat has dedicated his life to helping high school students go to college. “I am happy that I am retiring from ELAC and most of all I will miss the students,” said Stirrat, who retired this winter. His duties were coordinating outreach for East Los Angeles College to reach out to the high school students and to the community,…

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Organization aids disabled youths

    By Hugo Dominguez Jr. Disabled children and young adults expand their possibilities with the help of a non-profit organization called AbilityFirst. AbilityFirst helps youths ages 5-22 with physical and developmental disabilities by focusing on their capabilities and expanding their possibilities. The organization has 24 facilities in Southern California that offer various programs and services including employment, housing, recreational and socialization activities, and camping. “AbilityFirst centers have seen success,”…

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Bookstore to expand book rental program in Fall 2011

By Manuela Ramos The East Los Angeles College Bookstore has expanded its book rental program for the upcoming semesters due to the high cost of textbooks. As education gets more expensive, students are often looking for ways to cut spending. The bookstore offers a limited amount of books that students are allowed to rent for a semester for a price cheaper than the textbook actually costs. Some classes have books…

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Homeboy Industries founder inspires student activism

  By Sonia Saavendra A crowd of enthusiastic Elans welcomed Father Gregory J. Boyle with his message of unity and hope for the future to the Edison Auditorium last Thursday. East Los Angeles College’s Puente Project helped arrange for Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, to speak to Elans. Boyle received his Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s of Divinity from the Weston School of…

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Faculty, staff erase accreditation warning

By Layla Fernandez   East Los Angeles College has announced that since last June it has been in good standing without sanctions with the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In March, ELAC was given recommendations by the Accreditation Response Group on how to improve the campus. The recommendations were to make a handbook to show the planning and budgeting to ensure improvements based on the data. Another recommendation…

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Alumnus develops new underwater technology

  By Jessica Alvarez East Los Angeles College alumnus Dr. Thomas I. Valdez spoke to members of the Priory of Biology and Chemistry and the Chemistry Club about his new project last Wednesday. Valdez’s project, “Energy Harvesting for Underwater Monitoring,” consists of a probe that is dropped into the ocean and it can not only measure the different ocean temperatures and salinity, but it can also recharge itself. “This is…

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