Students seek stress relief

By Joe Ruiz Most, if not all, college students deal with stress that can be caused by worrying about their academic performance, financial problems and their future. Everyone manages to deal with stress in a distinct way. College students tend to experience different levels of stress, alternating from minor to severe effects. With midterms around the corner, students begin to feel the pressure and may not realize overexposure to stress can…

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Author’s burdensome story inspires Elans

By Cristina Galvan Inspiring others to turn their lives around, renowned Chicano author Luis Rodriguez shared his story of emergence from abuse and jail in his new book “It Calls You Back.” The book, which was released in October, is a sequel to the famed novel “Always Running,” which focuses on Rodriguez’s experiences with gang life. “It Calls You Back” starts with Rodriguez getting out of jail in 1973.  Police…

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How to succeed in college

By Augustine Ugalde Many East Los Angeles College students go through a daily routine that includes juggling work and school in order to survive in the world. The demands for academic and professional success can be burdensome, but some find the chase exhilarating. The question is why do we put ourselves through such a grind when we could settle for much less in our lives? Reducing hardships that cause stress would probably…

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A call to Occupy ELAC

By Cristina Galvan Occupy ELAC will allow students to come together to protest budget cuts and show that we care about our education. We are all being affected by budget cuts that seem to get worse by the year. Tuition is currently at $36 a unit and is expected to rise. Students are capable of becoming future teachers, lawyers, police officers and scientists and we are being left behind to struggle in…

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Le’s painting reflects war

By Yesenia Martinez Artist Trang T. Lê’s painting “111, 978” confronts the Iraq War in a way that allows the audience to experience the sense of pleasure before that of pain. Walking into HOY Space located at the Vincent Price Art Museum, where the Los Angeles-based artist’s painting is displayed, is like walking into a large body of water. The work wraps the walls with the confusing sense of infinity that…

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Student sells shirts, sheds light on cancer

By Yesenia Martinez Grey Lizarraga got the idea of making shirts and donating half of his profits to the Breast Cancer Awareness Association by just looking at his keychain. During one of his photo shoots, Lizarraga looked down at his “Keep-A-Breast, I Heart Boobies” lanyard and said, “Hey, next month is October. I should do something.” “That’s how it started. I wasn’t planning on it,” Lizarraga said. Nineteen-year-old Lizarraga is currently…

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Self-defense tactics get students involved

By Lourdes Espinoza As part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Violence Intervention Team hosted “Common Sense Self-Defense” where Marilyn Ladd taught students how to defend themselves from sexual assault. Ladd, Women’s P.E. Instructor and Violence Intervention Team member, demonstrated self-defense moves to students last Thursday in the Women’s Gym. Students were taught how they could use common self-defense tips if they are ever in an unwanted confrontation with a…

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Occupy ELAC to show student hardships

By Cristina Galvan Motivated by the Occupy movements, East Los Angeles College students plan on protesting against budget cuts in what they call Occupy ELAC this Monday. ELAC and other schools have experienced budget cuts throughout the past semesters, and tuition has increased. This semester, tuition has been raised to $36 per unit from the $26 per unit of last semester. It is expected to be raised even more. Besides paying for…

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