Not all majors should take math

By Augustine Ugalde Once again the big, ugly monster that calls itself the Math Department has shown its true colors and eliminated several students from moving forward with their lives. My Intermediate Algebra, Math 125 class had more than 120 aspiring students crammed into an auditorium-sized classroom hoping to either add or complete this required course at the beginning of the semester. Eight weeks later, that number is down to approximately…

October 19, 2011
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Adams finds own sound with ‘Fire’

By: Maria Gonzalez Ryan Adams, not to be confused with Canadian singer Bryan Adams, released a more mature sound with his album “Ashes and Fire.” After being compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Leonard Cohen, Adams seems to finally have found a sound of his own. It is full of bliss, with subtle sounds that make inviting songs. Adams is an alternative country-rock singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He…

October 13, 2011
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‘Red’ juggles music, school at ELAC

By Andrew Valdez Young, energetic and do-it-yourself three-piece band are three ways to describe Hello My Name is Red from East Los Angeles. This self-proclaimed underdog, is a band that if Elans don’t know now, they should. Known for their impromptu generator-shows at places like The Palladium, the recent Pixies concert, The Smell, Mika Miko’s last show, and Venice beach. This band really lives by their guerillaesque, self-empowerment attitude. Musically, their…

October 10, 2011
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‘Neighborhoods’ reveals Blink-182’s mature side

By Cristina Galvan After eight years Blink-182’s much anticipated comback album, “Neighborhoods,” misses the marks. In 2009 the band reunited after a four year breakup. This is their sixth album and their first album since reuniting, so fans were eager to listen to their new music. Unlike their previous albums that had a humorous tone and comedy filled lyrics, this album is more mellow and leans more toward the serious side. Over…

October 10, 2011
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Wilco returns with new album

By Maria Gonzalez After being on hiatus for two years, Wilco delivers a sonically fresh sound with their pure alternative folk-rock album, “The Whole Love.” The album is the first production under the Wilco record label dBpm. The opening song of the album, “Art of Almost,” plays poly-rhythms with odd textures that are accompanied with lyrics that encompass this wide spectrum of sounds. The first song is a different sound for…

October 6, 2011
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Memoirs to a ‘Riot Girl’

By Chris Valles Former Elan Alice Bag’s first book “Violence Girl” reveals violent experiences and real life-struggles. Subtitled East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story, “Violence Girl” serves as a memoir about Alice’s experiences growing up in East L.A. and coming of age in the 1970’s Hollywood punk scene. The book also details her short-lived career as vocalist for The Bags, a pioneering punk band whose influence…

October 6, 2011
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Poor script kills ‘Killer’

By Thy Lam Regardless of its big names such as Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, “Killer Elite” disappoints with a poorly written script. Based on a true story, “Killer Elite” is a cat and mouse game between Danny (played by Jason Statham), a former special agent of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service (SAS), and a leader of a secret military society, Spike (played by Clive Owen). While…

September 28, 2011
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‘Brown and Out’ spotlights Latino community

By Vivian Ramirez CASA 0101 was greeted with much success during its opening weekend of the Brown and Out Play Festival, representing the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Festival was a series of short plays authored by six people. All 10 plays vary from humorous to serious and touch base with nearly every emotion in between. Brown & Out tells the stories of a wide spectrum of Latinos…

September 28, 2011
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Big dishes fill small ‘Cocina’

By Amanda Mayberry Big portions and big flavor are what separates Mama’s Cocina on Mednik Avenue from other Mexican restaurants. They give students that are on a budget more for their money. Students could easily get there by train, car, or even walking, though the latter might take a little longer. The walk is about 15 to 20 minutes. The area is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the Gold Line’s Civic…

September 28, 2011
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