Occupy ELAC protesters fail to understand journalism ethics

By Augustine Ugalde After receiving numerous complaints about an opinion piece directed toward the Occupy ELAC movement, it became clear that the protesters need to be educated about journalistic ethics. Campus News, the journalism department and I have come under heavy criticism for the opinions I expressed regarding some of the protester’s demands. The protesters took their complaints personally, by visiting CN to protest, submitting letters to the editor, posting on…

November 16, 2011
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Older students have same value as younger students

By Augustine Ugalde Is deferring registration for older students a responsible, moral decision? This is a question posed by Scott Lay, Community College League of California President. I think not. The proposal to limit enrollment into California community colleges by prioritizing registration for recent high school graduates was advanced by Lay last week in Sacramento. Lay circulated his idea via mass e-mail to community college academic senates throughout the state last week…

November 16, 2011
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Occupy ELAC demands unrealistic

By Augustine Ugalde We all learn that this road called life is difficult for the most part, but it can be rich and rewarding for those who dare to take a chance. The grounds of East Los Angeles College are currently playing host to a group of hardy souls who have had enough of state budget cuts and have decided to protest this injustice with a show of solidarity. The exact…

November 9, 2011
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How to succeed in college

By Augustine Ugalde Many East Los Angeles College students go through a daily routine that includes juggling work and school in order to survive in the world. The demands for academic and professional success can be burdensome, but some find the chase exhilarating. The question is why do we put ourselves through such a grind when we could settle for much less in our lives? Reducing hardships that cause stress would probably…

October 26, 2011
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CaminArte connects Boyle Heights community

By Augustine Ugalde The radiant sights and sounds of the bustling CaminArte celebration are sweet music to Nico Avina’s ears as his vision for Boyle Heights gets closer to reality. Avina, along with a collective of like-minded artists, brought the event to the Mariachi Plaza this summer as an outlet for budding Boyle Heights artists to display and sell their artwork locally. “People talk about the rebirth of Boyle Heights, but…

October 20, 2011
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Students should take responsibility

By Augustine Ugalde East Los Angles College does a great job in preparing students for the next step in their academic careers by adhering to the stringent rules set by state lawmakers. The California Department of Education is entrusted with ensuring that each educational institution in the state satisfies minimum academic standards for transfer, graduation and beyond. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges also has a hand in making sure…

October 19, 2011
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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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Law discriminates for equality

By Augustine Ugalde Last week a Campus News story heralded the creation of a new addition to the East Los Angeles College Athletic Department concerning the women’s swim team. Most students, faculty members, administrators, athletes and casual observers embraced this revelation without much thought. After all, the notion that a new team will carry the ELAC banner into competition against other collegiate athletes could only be positive news for the school….

October 13, 2011
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Renovation enhances ELAC campus

By Augustine Ugalde As East Los Angeles College marches along into its second decade of continuous construction projects, people seem divided on the changing image of the school. The endless construction has frustrated many Elans throughout the last decade with detours, parking problems and building access, just to name three. The completion of the F7 building, near the center of campus, has allowed much freer access through campus than students…

October 6, 2011
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Students look for scapegoat

By Augustine Ugalde It was suggested in this space last week that East Los Angeles College is somehow an unsafe place to be. The commentary advanced the notion that because of a vehicular burglary that resulted in the theft of a laptop, books and money from student Yadira Hernandez, we were all at risk when on campus. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is not a commentary that looks…

October 5, 2011
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