Editorial: ELAC withholds information

Since Campus News was denied the list of retirees in the spring, the lack of transparency within the administration at East Los Angeles College has become increasingly apparent. Campus News has tried to obtain the list of staff and faculty retiring after the Supplementary Retirement Plan passed in May, but the ELAC administration has not budged nor has it provided a good reason for the denial. The refusal of the…

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Executive assistant Barnes to retire after four decades of service

By Dorany Pineda After 44 years of service at East Los Angeles College, Olga Barnes will bid farewell to the campus community at the close of this semester. It was in the fall of 1971 when Barnes first stepped foot onto ELAC grounds, just a few months after graduating from Garfield Senior High School in East Los Angeles. As a student here, she was a legal secretary major, a fitting…

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Expensive coffee brings excitement

By Anastasia Landeros Kopi luwak, or coffee made from beans found in the feces of civets, will be available for tasting at the lecture “Animal, Commodity, Environment: Civets in the History of Indonesian Coffee” Friday in A2- 103. Civets are cat-like, nocturnal mammals that live in the tropical forests of Asia and Africa. Kopi luwak is coffee made from the bean of a digested coffee cherry that is retrieved from…

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After reporting for 20 years, journalist becomes professor

By Noe Ortega Fascination and being social is what drove East Los Angeles College professor Charles Fogel to make an odd switch from journalism to mathematics. Fogel was a reporter/editor for 20 years, where he reported news for local papers in Detroit, Louisiana, Texas and California. His main subjects were reporting about business, politics, education and crime while being a reporter/editor. Fogel spent a year and a half being a…

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South Gate campus to undergo construction

By Stephanie Guevara After being postponed for nine years, construction for the new East Los Angeles College South Gate Center has a set date to start. The demolition process is set to start within March or May in the new facility located across the street from the current South Gate campus on Santa Fe Avenue and Firestone Boulevard. The new facility, formerly the Firestone Tire Company since World War II,…

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Anthropology Club brings awareness to humans’ impact on Earth

By Anastasia Landeros Anthropology Club President Jonathan Salas wants his club to be the biggest one on campus. “The reason I want us to be one of the biggest clubs is because I think, with the members we have at the moment, and especially with the amazing advisers we have, I think we can truly make an impact on the student body,” he said. Professor Christine Sepulveda, the club’s co-adviser,…

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Past Struggles push New Sociology Professor to get Involved

By Julio Sanchez From leaving Guatemala at a young age to achieving her master’s degree, Carla Osorio Veliz is now living out her dream of being a professor at a community college. Veliz is an adjunct lecturer in the Social Sciences Department at East Los Angeles College where she has been teaching sociology classes for a little over a year. She gives her students alternative articles written by people of…

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Theatre department address everyday issues in performances

By Jesus Garcia The Theatre in the Community program is a program for students from all backgrounds who with their interest in theatre want to help their community in some way.   It is a free program where students  tour elementary schools/daycare centers with children’s theatre productions, ‘brown bag’ lunchtime performances at senior centers, food banks and events throughout Los Angeles County. The program is led by ELAC’s very own…

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Veteran uses ghostwriting as an outlet

By Cristal Gomez Army veteran Damien Winter is a ghostwriter for the Warhammer book series by Games Workshop. Ghostwriting is when an individual writes for a person or a company anonymously. Winter went to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. During his time in the army he was part of the first Platoon. When he was in Afghanistan, he saw many things which have impacted his mental state. To escape the…

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Poet takes first at annual talent show

BY MARIA MARROQUIN Jayden Saldana took first place for reciting his poem at Adelante First Year Experience program’s second annual talent show on Nov. 17. Saldana started his performance by saying, “I want to give a shout out to my cat,” causing audience members to laugh out loud. But as soon as he started reciting his poem, silence filled the room. Saldana had the undivided attention of the audience when…

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