Residency triggers community duty

By Liliana Marquez Mike Sanchez arrived in this country when he was only three months old without knowing that later on, his personality would be a great way to communicate and be the voice of others. Sanchez arrived from Mexico as a child and soon developed a dynamic personality that allowed him to become a great communicator. Raised by his mother, along with three brothers and one sister, he believes that…

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Husky Store employee retires

By Ruth Caloca After 42 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Christina Gaytan, Husky Store cashier, is saying goodbye to ELAC. Gaytan was first employed on Oct. 17, 1969, as a food service supervisor at age 18, while attending classes. She moved up over the years to fill different positions until her current one. She attended school to major in business management. Yet, her career did not go as…

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Chief justice takes charge

By Rodolfo Trujillo James Garcia, Associated Student Union president has answered the call to serve. Garcia has had a challenging road just to make it to school every day, trying to balance school, while caring for an ailing family member and performing his duties.   After graduating from St. Paul High School, Garcia got into real estate and insurance sales for about four years. It is around this time that…

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Higher Education, higher prices

By Amanda Mayberry As a result of recent budget cuts, the Los Angeles Community College District has discontinued the $15 a semester I-TAP program, and is now offering the College/Vocational TAP. The College/Vocational TAP allows students to buy monthly reduced passes for $36 per month. Students who have 12 units or more must fill out an application,which can be found at the fiscal office on campus or on the Los…

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Bookstores disappearing

By Christian Valles Every year the number of bookstores in America is decreasing, and this troubles some people. Most parents and teachers have always encouraged reading. However, most children play Nintendo rather than picking up a book. Bookstores have always been a place where students could get lost for hours. An institution where one could discover ideas and worlds that, to some, were unimaginable. Recently, county libraries have been cutting back on their…

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Tax oil to fund education

By Isaac Tovar Proposition 1481 would place a 15 percent tax on crude oil extraction from California, on-shore and off-shore drilling sites, to fund education, from K through college. This will approximately produce $3 billion annually. If you have been anywhere near student activities lately you might have been asked to sign a petition for this Proposition to be put in the California ballot. $1.5 billion of that goes to community colleges,…

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Discontinued TAP cards upsets students

By Christian Valles The Metro I-TAP program ended on June 6 with no future plans to continue the program at East Los Angeles College, which has left many students scrambling to find reasonable alternatives. Metro has offered an alternative to full time students, $36 a month student discount tap pass. The alternative has left one student questioning this action by Metro. David, who declined to give a last name, has…

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Clubs help families for Thanksgiving

By Jane Fernandez Thanksgiving is more than two months away, but some Elans are already working to help collect enough food to feed many low-income families. The Feminist Club and the East Los Angeles College Students for Political Awareness, ESPA, joined together on Friday to host a canned food drive for low-income families for Thanksgiving. “Children are waking up hungry and going to sleep hungry, the only food they get is…

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Husky Store relocates to B-1 complex

By Ruth Caloca This fall semester has brought  changes to East Los Angeles College, and among them is the relocation of the Husky Store. The store was located at the center of campus between the F-7 and F-5 buildings and there was always a line during store hours. Over the summer, the Husky Store went from being located at ELAC’s core to a hidden bungalow at the far east side of…

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ELAC hosts oil tax debate

   By Justine Quintana Professor, author and lead proponent of Proposition 1481, Peter Matthews, visited East Los Angeles College last Thursday to debate on how taxing oil companies will affect students. Anita Mangels, project director  for Woodward and McDowell, a ballot measure and issue advocacy firm, was on the opposing side. Mangels stated that California does not need higher taxes, but better spending strategies. Mangels took the stage with Mathews, a professor…

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