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Stirrat departs from ELAC

  By Christina Rocha For more than half his lifetime, Jon-Jon Stirrat has dedicated his life to helping high school students go to college. “I am happy that I am retiring from ELAC and most of all I will miss the students,” said Stirrat, who retired this winter. His duties were coordinating outreach for East Los Angeles College to reach out to the high school students and to the community,…

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Organization aids disabled youths

    By Hugo Dominguez Jr. Disabled children and young adults expand their possibilities with the help of a non-profit organization called AbilityFirst. AbilityFirst helps youths ages 5-22 with physical and developmental disabilities by focusing on their capabilities and expanding their possibilities. The organization has 24 facilities in Southern California that offer various programs and services including employment, housing, recreational and socialization activities, and camping. “AbilityFirst centers have seen success,”…

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Bookstore to expand book rental program in Fall 2011

By Manuela Ramos The East Los Angeles College Bookstore has expanded its book rental program for the upcoming semesters due to the high cost of textbooks. As education gets more expensive, students are often looking for ways to cut spending. The bookstore offers a limited amount of books that students are allowed to rent for a semester for a price cheaper than the textbook actually costs. Some classes have books…

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Homeboy Industries founder inspires student activism

  By Sonia Saavendra A crowd of enthusiastic Elans welcomed Father Gregory J. Boyle with his message of unity and hope for the future to the Edison Auditorium last Thursday. East Los Angeles College’s Puente Project helped arrange for Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, to speak to Elans. Boyle received his Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s of Divinity from the Weston School of…

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Faculty, staff erase accreditation warning

By Layla Fernandez   East Los Angeles College has announced that since last June it has been in good standing without sanctions with the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In March, ELAC was given recommendations by the Accreditation Response Group on how to improve the campus. The recommendations were to make a handbook to show the planning and budgeting to ensure improvements based on the data. Another recommendation…

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Alumnus develops new underwater technology

  By Jessica Alvarez East Los Angeles College alumnus Dr. Thomas I. Valdez spoke to members of the Priory of Biology and Chemistry and the Chemistry Club about his new project last Wednesday. Valdez’s project, “Energy Harvesting for Underwater Monitoring,” consists of a probe that is dropped into the ocean and it can not only measure the different ocean temperatures and salinity, but it can also recharge itself. “This is…

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Elan copes with disaster in Japan

  By Christopher Yee Miki Itsubo finds herself preoccupied in English class these days. She came to the United States from Japan in 2006 so that she could improve her English, but she still has difficulty keeping up with the pace of in-class discussions. Her current problem, however, is not listening comprehension. Despite the fact that English 103 is the last class she needs to complete her transfer requirements, Itsubo’s…

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College anticipates budget cuts

By Jerry Casarez With California budget cut discussions going on in Sacramento that will have direct impact to all community colleges statewide, the responsibility has now been shifted locally. ELAC’s vice presidents met Monday with the school’s budget committee. Different departments were asked to meet and discuss how they can come together and plan the 2011-12 budget. The information discussed is all based on a proposed five percent cut to…

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Podcast 3.22.11

This week, CNC looks at the budget crisis through the eyes of school administrators, ELAC’s accreditation status, and Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle who was invited by the Puente Project to speak to Elans. And as always, a look at sports with Freddy’s Sports Corner. Podcast 3.22.11

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Baseball strikes back at Mounties

  By Jesus Arvizu and Erik Luna With each team winning on their home fields, East Los Angeles College split two games against Mt. San Antonio College with a 6-5 loss on Thursday and a 13-1 win on Saturday. The Huskies sent Cameron Baker to face the Mounties on Thursday. Baker left the game in the ninth inning after striking out seven batters and having a four-run cushion. Both Baker…

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