‘Priest’ fails at box office

  By Erik Luna   With only a few fight scenes to offer its audience members and boring dialogue, “Priest” is not as interesting as movie trailers made them out to be. The setting is in a post-apocalyptic world where vampires fight against humans. The main character, Priest, is a forgotten warrior of a victorious war against the vampires. Although Paul Bettany is an adequate actor, his performance as Priest…

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ELAC play proves opposites attract

  By Rodolfo Trujillo   “The Girl Who Loved the Beatles” is the short, but tender story of a young woman who flees her dull suburban life for the excitement of New York City. The play consists of two unnamed persons, in the summer of 1974 at an advertising agency in New York City. The Beatles have been broken up for four years already, but for a sweet and idealistic…

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Students avoid counselors when it counts

By Thy Lam   With classes being cut every semester and students fighting every minute for the classes that they want, seeing a counselor and being prepared for the meeting always helps students and can save time and money. Making appointments with a counselor can help students, especially ones who are struggling with their educational plans. However, students are used to waiting to the very end of the semester to…

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District lacks dialogue with student reporters

  By Augustine Ugalde Jr.   The Los Angeles Community College District has been difficult to deal with since day one, whenever approached by someone carrying the “student journalist” moniker. I have never known a more uncooperative group of people in my life. The most disturbing part of this scenario is that these are the people who are entrusted with our educations. We are their students. It has been nearly…

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Elans neglect class scheduling

By Erik Luna   Conflicting schedules and offerings of classes at East Los Angeles College hinder student’s efforts to transfer to four-year universities. As an Elan on his third semester, I’ve always tried to focus on getting my math and English classes done, but class schedules and the time those classes start usually mess up my plans for the semester. This can be an even bigger problem than most students…

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Student quits culinary job, decides to major in science

By Rosie Chamuryan Lisa Watanabe, 23, is one of two East Los Angeles College students who were awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Watanabe is a resident of Monterey Park and a graduate of Mark Keppel High School. She decided to return to school and pursue a degree in science three years after finishing culinary school. Watanabe was working in restaurants as a line cook and daytime kitchen manager. “Restaurant…

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Aviles achieves academic goals despite complications

By Maria Gonzalez Within three weeks, Christian Aviles went from being the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship to a homeless man walking the streets with his family. They have since found another place to live, and Aviles is again able to focus on the studies that led him to the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship. After he was awarded the scholarship, Aviles’s family was homeless for about one…

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Students duel each other with popular card game

  By Erik Luna Behind the F5 building and other corners around campus, a variety of Elans gather to play a card game almost daily. For these students, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game goes well beyond the complexities of poker or blackjack. It presents opportunities to compete in intense strategic duels and trade precious commodities. The card game provides Elans with a hobby that tests their skills and engrosses them in…

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Diabetes expo in LA; ELAC nurses to host

By Megan Perry For the first time in five years, the East Los Angeles College Nursing Department will host the American Diabetes Association Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center next Saturday. “Diabetes is a silent killer,” said Lurlean Gaines, ELAC’s nursing department chair. This is a departmental project created by Gaines, so all 300 of her students and her entire faculty will perform the screenings, draw blood and help…

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Meetings forecast more budget cuts

By Veronica Hurtado Members of the East Los Angeles College community met with officials to work in a joint effort to support Governor Brown’s tax extension measure to avoid further educational cuts. A statewide coalition in support of Governor Brown’s tax extension, Stand Up for California sponsored a series of Kitchen Table Conversations to discuss ways to avoid additional cuts to public services. Community members, along with the Los Angeles…

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