Consumers should beware of gift card scams

By Cristina Galvan   Consumers can save time and buy someone a gift card for one of their favorite stores, but consumers should be careful. Gift cards also take the worry out of not knowing whether or not the person likes another gift. They could be purchased at almost every store and at many large supermarkets. Markets have small sections stocked up with gift cards to stores and restaurants. This…

March 20, 2013

Former ELAC student pays homage to instructor

By Cristina Galvan   Rita Soza remembers her times with teacher Helen Miller Bailey fondly. Soza is currently working on a biography on Bailey. Besides having the library named after her, Bailey left a strong impact on many of her students, including Soza. Soza attended Elac in the Early ‘70s.  She took two classes with Bailey, which were Western Civilization 1 and 2. After receiving her Associates degree, Soza attended…

March 13, 2013

Going green benefits environment, wallets

By Cristina Galvan Going green will help the environment as well as students’ wallets. Without realizing it, our everyday actions harm our environment whether it is throwing a wrapper on the floor or not recycling. There are things that students could do to go green. With gas prices going up, there are other alternatives to reaching one’s destination. Students can ride their bikes, skateboards, scooters or even walk to school…

March 6, 2013

Procrastination Opinion

By Cristina Galvan   As students we all do it. I’m talking about leaving everything for the last minute. I’m personally not immune to procrastinating. Semester after semester, year after year it is the same story.  At the start of a semester I tell myself that it will be different this time around, but it never is. As students, it is easy to get into these habits. We are faced…

November 13, 2012

Hurricane victims need help

By Cristina Galvan   The results of Hurricane Sandy were devastating and this would be a good time to lend a helping hand. Over 100 lives were lost and the damages escalated to the billions as the hurricane ravished through the Mid Atlantic and North East Coast. Pictures of New York subway stations flooded with water, destroyed homes and a roller coaster drowned in the ocean near New Jersey resembled…

November 7, 2012

Avoid transferring problems

  By Cristina Galvan   With college admission deadlines around the corner, students should be aware of the different requirements. Most classes offered at East Los Angeles College are transferable to the Cal State Universities and colleges of California, and by completing certain coursework such as the intersegmental general education transfer curriculum, (IGETC), students fulfill the general requirements for these schools. Many of these schools have different requirements and different…

October 10, 2012

‘Hotel Transylvania’ welcomes monster laughs

By Cristina Galvan If people want to watch a funny and entertaining movie, Hotel Transylvania will be a good choice. The movie revolves around Count Dracula, who tries to protect his only daughter Mavis from the human world. To do so, Dracula builds a luxurious hotel where he lives with her. The hotel is also a mecca for all monsters including Frankenstein, a wolf and his family, and the invisible man, who…

October 4, 2012

L.A. Times sports writer overcomes gender discrimination

By Cristina Galvan Award-winning sports writer Helene Elliott was a guest speaker at East Los Angeles College and talked to students about overcoming gender discrimination in the work force. Growing up, Elliott knew she wanted to be a sports writer, but from the start she encountered opposition from people who believed that she couldn’t do it simply because she was a woman. “I always wanted to be a sports writer,” said Elliott….

December 7, 2011

Hopeful author, Elan overcomes disability

By Cristina Galvan Lizbeth Gutierrez does not let her disabilities get in the way.  She uses her faith to stay strong and help others. Twenty-two-year-old Gutierrez was born with cerebral palsy. Growing up, one of the hardest things she had to endure was being told by others that she could not do certain things, because she has a disability. This constant put down led Gutierrez to fall into a depression that…

December 7, 2011

Garfield, Rosevelt Classic unites East Los Angeles

By Cristina Galvan In an event that transcends football, Roosevelt and Garfield renewed their 77-year rivalry at Weingart Stadium, in front of 25,000 rabid fans. Known as the most attended high school football game west of the Mississippi, the East L.A. Classic attracts fans from East L.A., Boyle Heights and all around Southern California and the country. The tradition began in 1925 and has taken place ever since, except from 1939…

November 8, 2011