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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ELAC anticipates tuition fee hikes

By Eric Contreras Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget on Monday, which included an increase in community college tuition based on Senate Bill 70 proposed in March. The May Revise said that the $10 per unit tuition fee increase, from $26 to $36, originally proposed in the January budget will go into effect for Summer 2011. Many Elans are concerned about whether or not they will be able…

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Play reenacts reactions to John Lennon’s death

  By Sonia Saavedra Outside, in front of the Dakota Apartment Building in New York City, nine strangers stand in disbelief when they heard the news. “The Day They Shot John Lennon,” by James Mclure and directed by Kelly Hogan, follows nine characters who each react differently to the death of former Beatle John Lennon. Each character has a story to tell. The actors give remarkable and unforgettable performances that…

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District sued for misuse of funds

      By Rodolfo Trujillo The Los Angeles Community College District is being sued by a coalition of community organizations and citizens for spending millions of dollars on a satellite campus at the former Van de Kamp’s Bakery. The property was intended as a satellite for Los Angeles City College, but the Van de Kamp’s coalition, an unincorporated association of nearly 20 community organizations and a large number of…

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