Center Theatre Group makes ELAC exclusive partner

By Frank Portillo The Theater Arts Department partnered with the Center Theatre Group to make East Los Angeles College its official higher education partner. “It’s a pretty overwhelming honor … They’ve been pursued by many schools before, and we’re even talking four-year universities with really impressive programs. They decided to choose ELAC out of all those schools for their education partner,” Faculty member Jessica Hansen said. The head of the…

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Theater alumnus gets big break

By Frank Portillo Alumnus Peter Mendoza journeyed from student actor to playing the lead in “Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue” at the Kirk Douglas theater in Los Angeles. In a Los Angeles Times review of the play from theater critic Charles McNulty, Mendoza was said to “raise the emotional stakes for the audience as the young Marine descends into hell.” The actor, however, didn’t end up in his position easily. He…

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Poetry Reading Night at ELAC

By Maria Marroquin Inspiring 11-year-old poet, Violeta Tabilla joined East Los Angeles College Writers Society club’s open mic night last Friday at Tonali Studio. Obed Silva, host of the event, promoted “East Side Rose”, the 1st edition of ELAC’s literary magazine. In addition to pieces written by ELAC’s current and past students as well as some professors, the magazine contains work from members of the East LA community such as the…

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Non-profit organization offers scholarship and resources for Latino students.

By Noe Ortega Members of the Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund collaborated with the Dream Resource Center to share awareness about the Temporary Protected Service Act. TPS is an act established by Congress in the 1990 Immigration Act that temporarily stopped deportations against people from countries that were destabilized by war or catastrophe. Currently, there are 10 countries that are designated for TPS: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia,…

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Panel discusses #MeToo movement

By Jerry Flores The East Los Angeles College Women and Gender Studies Committee hosted a panel presentation of the #MeToo movement about sexual assault and harassment. “The focus of the presentation is to keep spreading the #MeToo movement and to support those persons who have suffered from sexual assault and harassment,” Natalina Monteiro, Ph.D. said. During the presentation, the speakers expressed their opinions about the role parents play in this…

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Increased social media creates lack of privacy

By Julio Sanchez Many people are taking privacy for granted and are willingly giving away their personal information for the whole world to see without considering the consequences. Not only does the lack of privacy make it easier for someone to track another person, but the latest fad of having everyone know what you are constantly doing used to be something that horror and science fiction stories used to be…

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Students walk out in solidarity

By Frank Portillo The national school walkout reached the campus Wednesday morning as students congregated in front of the E3 building at 10 a.m. The walkout was in response to the Florida shooting last month in which 17 students and staff members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The mood was somber, as everyone in attendance remained silent while the names of the victims and their ages were…

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Students fazed by financial aid delays

By Frank Portillo Due to a new system implementation for the Fall 2017 semester, students are experiencing delays receiving their financial aid awards. The new Oracle PeopleSoft system replaced the old DEC SIS system, which had been in place for 40 years. Financial Aid Office technician Julio Alvarado said students aren’t receiving their financial aid awards because of system-related issues. “A lot of it has to do with the way…

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Art Department presents fourth annual Animation Day

By Susan Lorenzana The Art Department at East Los Angeles College will  present the fourth Annual Animation Day to take place on Saturday, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The goal of  ELAC International Animation Festival is to give information and an entertaining introduction to international contemporary animation. ELAC will partner up with Cinema Without Borders for the fourth time. The head of the animation department, Michael Libonati, has organized…

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Video games not to blame for gun violence

By Gustavo Buenrostro “Video games are the cause of violence” is a narrative that is played out at this point, yet it still persists. President Donald Trump made a statement saying that video games are shaping the youths mind to be more violent in early March after the shooting in Florida. He also said that movies are also violent triggers for young people. The Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said video…

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