Priority registration needs major overhaul

By J.C. Casarez Every semester, returning students look forward to registering for classes in hopes of getting the classes they need. Unfortunately, the classes are usually closed by the time they register. Appointments are set in anticipation of an onslaught of too many students registering at once and as a means of creating an opportunity for returning students to select their classes first. Unfortunately there is no guarantee that the…

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L.A. Times sports writer overcomes gender discrimination

By Cristina Galvan Award-winning sports writer Helene Elliott was a guest speaker at East Los Angeles College and talked to students about overcoming gender discrimination in the work force. Growing up, Elliott knew she wanted to be a sports writer, but from the start she encountered opposition from people who believed that she couldn’t do it simply because she was a woman. “I always wanted to be a sports writer,” said Elliott….

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Art students sell ceramic art pieces

By Kele Carraher-Quinteros Contributing Writer Holiday shopping can be hard, but thanks to East Los Angeles College’s ceramics sale, it doesn’t have to be. The ceramics sale is being held on the west patio in front of the S2 building, with sales continuing today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ceramics sale is an age-old tradition at ELAC, beginning shortly after the program started in the 1950s. It has…

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Los Angeles bridge to come down

By Sergio Meza Contributing Writer After 79 years of towering over the Los Angeles River, the historic Sixth Street Bridge faces its inevitable fate. The Los Angeles City Council recently announced that the Sixth Street Bridge is on the verge of demolition due to a corroding chemical reaction in the concrete called alkali-silica reaction, known as ASR. According to Los Angeles architect Alex Ward, ASR is known commonly as a “concrete…

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Hopeful author, Elan overcomes disability

By Cristina Galvan Lizbeth Gutierrez does not let her disabilities get in the way.  She uses her faith to stay strong and help others. Twenty-two-year-old Gutierrez was born with cerebral palsy. Growing up, one of the hardest things she had to endure was being told by others that she could not do certain things, because she has a disability. This constant put down led Gutierrez to fall into a depression that…

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‘Tis the season to be greedy

  By Rodolfo Trujillo The true message of Christmas is about God’s love for his people.  If you don’t believe in that, then why celebrate it at all? Christmas is less than three weeks away and people are going crazy at the stores buying gifts for the people in their lives. With unemployment and a struggling economy, many people are out looking for deals. The day after Thanksgiving it was shocking…

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Search for ELAC president begins

By Rodolfo Trujillo A focus group to express concerns for the next ELAC president will be taking place today, although there are not a whole lot of students who may know that it is happening. A set of focus groups were also held on Friday for faculty, students, administrative, supervisory and classified staff, as well as community members. All of them had the opportunity to voice their opinion for what characteristics…

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District accuses companies of fraud

By Edgar Lopez Two major construction firms working for the Los Angeles Community College District are being investigated on accusations of submitting and approving fraudulent paperwork. In an effort to clean up fraudulent spending, the LACCD has been considering firing three building contractors, which supervised the building projects in the nine community colleges the district serves. The two construction firms in question of fraud are Gateway Science and Engineering from Pasadena…

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