Columbus loses recognition day

By Francisco Portillo The city of Los Angeles took a step in the right direction last Wednesday when City Council voted 14-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. This action reflects the removal of Confederate memorabilia in southern states. For  years now, I have contemplated the validity of Columbus Day as a holiday. Throughout grade school, I was taught about what an amazing historical figure Christopher Columbus was….

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SIS system crashes on first week of class, reverts to add slips

By Dorany Pineda On the second day of the Fall 2017 semester, the new Student Information System crashed while thousands of students at East Los Angeles College were signing up for classes. Ruben Arenas, ELAC’s dean of institutional advancement, was at one of the SIS welcome stations by the Fiscal Office helping students navigate the system when he noticed it started slowing down. “We’re not sure what happened, but it…

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International players pursue same goals at ELAC

By Stephanie Guevara Vicente Herencia, Edson Jimenez, Kevin Rodriguez and Gustavo Sliva come from four different countries to pursue the same goal in the United States that couldn’t be fulfilled in their countries. Herencia, Jimenez, Rodriguez and Silva opted to play for the East Los Angeles College men’s soccer team because they found the opportunity to earn an education and play soccer. Herencia,19,  a freshman defender from Santiago, Chile became…

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Graduates honored at ceremony

By Jordan Elias East Los Angeles College honored its graduates on Tuesday during a graduation ceremony at Weingart Stadium. “We are honored to be able to accomplish this for the students,” said ELAC President Marvin Martinez. Graduates’ families and friends were present in the event. Part of ELAC administratio spoke in front of the students and families. “You (for the students) could do it. You could graduated and now you…

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Students express concerns to Board of Trustees

By: Yecenia Alcaraz Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustee Andrea Hoffman withdrew her support on the current Immigration and Customs Enforcement resolution on Wednesday May 10. The Board of Trustees spent the majority of the meeting listening to students from LACCD express their concerns on ICE. The third resolution was presented by board members Andrea Hoffman, Sydney K. Kamlager and Nancy Pearlman. Students in the audience held up…

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Survivors share, heal through experiences

By: Christina Rodriguez A box of Kleenex, a non-judgmental attitude, and women each with an abusive story to heal from, share tears and laughs at the Women’s Healing Circle. Survivors of violence and sexual abuse share their stories, but choose to stay anonymous. A survivor grew up in a home that was dysfunctional, father was violent, and was sexually abused as a child. This has affected her social life, love life,…

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Less parking for more pay

By: Dominique Vargas At East Los Angeles College, the $2 parking pass should be valid on all parking structures on campus.  The end of spring 2017 marks the end of my fourth year attending ELAC, for the first three years I put forth the money for a parking permit. I would pay $27 every semester to be allowed to park wherever there was student parking available. These past two semesters…

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