Commissioner breaches student’s information

October 18, 2012

  By Brian Villalba   Impeachment proceedings have begun for East Los Angeles College’s Associated Student Union Commissioner of Administration of Justice, Antonio Alonso. The proceedings are in response to an alleged breach of personal information committed by the Alonso. Alonso confessed to ASU President Jennifer Estrada that he had breached personal information of a female student who was seeking ASU assistance. Alonso said he obtained the female student’s mobile…

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Community college transfers fill four-year universities

By Brian Villalba On their path to four-year universities, 65 percent of California’s college graduates attended a two-year institution. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) has California tied for third in percentage of students that attended community college on their way to a four-year degree. East Los Angeles College is second in the district in students that transfer to four-year institutions,  Los Angeles Pierce College first. Just under half…

October 4, 2012
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College bookstores make big profits

October 2, 2012

    By Brian Villalba   Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday to launch a state program that will develop textbooks for 50 undergraduate courses. The textbooks will be digital.  A faculty panel of nine members will manage everything from the resources involved to the content. It took decisive action on the state level for any relief to come for college students in California. The college districts and…

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ELAC logistics receives $3 million award

By Brian Villalba The Department of Labor awarded $3 million to the Computer Applications and Office Technologies Department. The DOL grant is specifically targeting the expansion of the Technology and Logistics Program. The program has a 97 percent pass rate for the national certification exam. The national average is 77 percent. The Technology and Logistics Program is successful in placing students into jobs. Chair of the CAOT department Elaine Y. Shibata said,…

September 27, 2012
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E-books are essential for students

  By Brian Villalba   E-readers are the future of books and are the morally right approach for college learning. E-readers are a way for educational institutions to provide relief to college students who have an increasing financial burden. Every year there are new book editions coming out where the content has not changed or changed minimally. Human anatomy has not changed much in the last few million years. Ancient…

September 27, 2012
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Know your food: Vote ‘Yes’ on Proposition 37

September 20, 2012

  By Brian Villalba   Proposition 37 is being framed as a choice between genetically enhanced food and food that doesn’t have genetic enhancements. The reality is that Proposition 37 has very little to do with genetics and everything to do with showing the public what they are eating. If people are presented with a choice of knowing what is in their food, or not knowing, then it should be…

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ELAC’s interim president faces large budget deficit

By Brian Villalba   New interim president, Farley Herzek, was selected from a number of candidates to take on East Los Angeles College during a financial crisis. Herzek was among the candidates considered for the permanent ELAC president position.  “Being the interim president gives the board of trustees the ability to see how I perform,” Herzek said. Herzek begins his term as interim president with 32 years of experience in…

September 14, 2012
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It’s time to take classes elsewhere

By Brian Villalba I am not saying that I am going to break up with East Los Angeles College, but I think we should start seeing other people.  I am not getting what I expected in this relationship. The Los Angeles Community College District has been cutting budgets and it has affected the quality of education that I am receiving.  It may seem silly to treat ELAC like a person…

May 9, 2012
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Don’t protest if you don’t vote

By Brian Villalba If you don’t vote you are telling the government you don’t care because everything is going perfectly.  Clearly things are far from perfect, but some of us seem to not care.  If you consider yourself a political activist and you are not registered to vote, then can you really still consider yourself a political activist? To vote is to participate in government. That is one way that…

May 2, 2012
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